On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 10

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1838 Hector Berlioz's opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1863 Georges Bizet's opera "Les Pêcheurs de Perles" premieres in Paris

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1949 "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" closes at Broadway NYC after 76 performances
  • 1957 "Mask & Gown" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 39 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1964 Rod Stewart records his 1st single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1966 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Neil Diamond has his first Billboard chart success with single "Cherry Cherry"

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
  • 1975 Rock band Kiss release their 1st live album "Alive!"
  • 1978 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • 1982 Decca releases Beatle audition "Complete Silver Beatles" album

Music releaseMusic Single

1991 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X

Singer-Songwriter and Musician Dave Grohl
Singer-Songwriter and Musician
Dave Grohl
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1998 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Actor Will Smith
Will Smith
  • 2000 The musical Cats closes on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice win Emmys for "Jesus Christ Superstar", making them all EGOT winners, Legend is the first black male winner

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
John Legend

Birthdays in Music

  • 1585 Ercole Porta, Italian church composer, born in Bologna (d. 1630)
  • 1588 Nicholas Lanier, English composer, born in London (d. 1666)
  • 1659 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Dido & Aeneas), born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster (d. 1695)
  • 1714 Niccolò Jommelli, Italian composer, born in Aversa, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1774)
  • 1751 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist and composer, born in Cento, Italy (d. 1827)
  • 1779 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, born in Paris (d. 1850)
  • 1823 Adolf von Doss, German composer, born in Pfarrkirchen, Germany (d. 1886)
  • 1836 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), born in Bernsheim, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1866 Tor Aulin, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1914)
  • 1869 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)
  • 1875 Paul Scheinpflug, German composer, born in Loschwitz, Germany (d. 1937)
  • 1889 Vilem Petrzelka, Czech composer, born in Brno, Movravia (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • 1897 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • 1906 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Hooglied)
  • 1908 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914 Robert Wise, American director (Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Roy James Brown, American boxer and soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • 1929 Akio Yashiro, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1976)
  • 1934 Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, born in Tianjin. China
  • 1934 Vassil Kazandjiev, Bulgarian composer, born in Rousse
  • 1937 Paul Martin Palombo, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1939 Artie Tripp, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Athens, Ohio
  • 1939 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Roy Ayers, American disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Danny Hutton, Irish rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1943 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble), born on Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2019)
  • 1944 Thomas Allen, British operatic baritone singer, born in Seaham Harbour, England
  • 1945 José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light My Fire; Feliz Navidad), born in Lares, Puerto Rico
  • 1949 Barriemore Barlow, English drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1950 Don Powell, English rock drummer (Slade), born in Bilston, England
  • 1950 Joe Perry, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), born in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire (d. 2016)
  • 1955 Pat Mastelotto, American rock drummer (Mr Mister: King Crimson), born in Chico, California
  • 1956 Johnny Fingers [John Moylett], Irish rocker (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Johnny Hickman, American rock guitarist (Cracker), born in Redlands, California
  • 1957 Siobhan Fahey, Irish rock singer and musician (Bananarama - "Venus"; Shakespears Sister - "Stay"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1957 Carol Decker, British rock singer (T'Pau - "China In Your Hand"), born in Huyton, Merseyside, England
  • 1960 David Lowery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Camper Van Beethoven; Cracker), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1963 Bill Stevenson, American music producer and drummer (The Descendants), born in Torrance, California
  • 1968 Big Daddy Kane [Antonio Hardy], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Paula Kelley, American pop-rock musician and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Jacob Young, American actor and singer (All My Children), born in Renton, Washington
  • 1980 [Michael] Mikey Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance), born in Kearny, New Jersey

Person of interestMisty Copeland

1982 Misty Copeland, American ballerina (1st African American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre), born in Kansas City Missouri

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland
  • 1984 Matthew Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1986 Hiroki Uchi, Japanese Idol singer, model and actor, born in Habikino, Japan

Weddings in Music

  • 2005 Glamour model Katie Price (27) weds 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (32) in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • 2005 "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • 2016 Actress and singer Anna Camp (33) weds Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (29) in a vineyard wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1607 Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer and organist (b. 1545)
  • 1680 Marco Uccellini, Italian composer and violinist, dies (b. 1603)
  • 1680 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato singer, dies at 69
  • 1831 George Guest, English organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1845 Karl August von Lichtenstein, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1858 Henry Wellington Greatorex, English American composer (Gloria Patri), dies at 44
  • 1867 Simon Sechter, Austrian composer and music theorist, dies at 78
  • 1868 Franz Anton Adam Stockhausen, German composer and harpist, dies at 79
  • 1895 Harrison Millard, American composer, dies at 64
  • 1916 Friedrich Gernsheim, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1922 Arpad Szendy, Hungarian composer, dies at 59
  • 1931 Alfonso Rendano, Italian composer, dies at 78
  • 1932 Percy Fletcher, British composer, dies at 52
  • 1934 George Henschel, composer, dies at 84
  • 1945 Väinö Raitio, Finnish composer, dies at 54
  • 1951 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1954 Peter Anders, German opera singer, dies at 46
  • 1975 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), dies at 75
  • 1979 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • 1979 Stanislaw Lyudkevich, Ukranian composer, dies at 100
  • 1991 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1996 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, dies at 59
  • 1999 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer (Mary is Fine), dies at 81
  • 2012 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • 2014 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • 2016 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, dies at 89