On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 11

Events in Music

  • 1850 "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind gives 1st US concert

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1914 W. C. Handy "Father of the Blues" publishes his most famous composition "St Louis Blues"

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1951 Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 "Duke" Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1962 Beatles cut "Love Me Do", "PS I Love You", and a slow version of "Please, Please Me" with Andy White on drums

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 George Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1965 Beatles' "Help!," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Rolling Stones perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1967 Beatles' Magical Mystery Bus driven around England
  • 1971 "2 by 2" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 343 performances

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1987 4th MTV Video Music Awards: Peter Gabriel wins

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel

Music releaseAlbum Release

2001 Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West

Birthdays in Music

  • 1614 Philipp Buchner, German composer, born in Wertheim am Main, Germany (d. 1669)
  • 1711 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), born in London (d. 1779) baptized date
  • 1753 Friedrich August Baumbach, German composer, born in Gotha, Germany (d. 1813)
  • 1764 Valentino Fioravanti, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1837)
  • 1786 Friedrich Kuhlau, German-Danish opera composer, born in Lüneburg, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1807 Ignaz Lachner, German composer, born in Rain, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Eduard Hanslick, German music critic, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1904)
  • 1844 George Martin, English composer and organist, born in Lambourn, Berkshire (d. 1916)
  • 1865 Alfred Hollins, British composer, born in Hull, Yorkshire (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, German composer, born in Landau, Germany (d. 1953)
  • 1876 Alfonso Broqua, Uruguayan composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1946)
  • 1885 Herbert Stothart, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1949)
  • 1890 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, born in Ellingsøya (d. 1968)
  • 1891 Noel Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • 1895 Harry Tobias, American songwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1899 Nelly "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Jenny, Driestuivers Opera), born in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine), born in Quitman, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), born in Corning, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban pianist, singer and songwriter, born in Guanabacoa, La Habana, Cuba (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Jack Fascinato, American pianist and orchestra leader (Kukla Fran & Ollie), born in Bevier, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Ashley Heenan, New Zealand composer, born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1935 Arvo Pärt, Estonian composer, born in Paide, Järva County
  • 1937 Iosif Kobzon, Soviet-Russian singer and businessman, born in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Charles Patrick, American rocker (The Monotones)
  • 1940 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie and The Dreamers), born in Manchester, England (d. 2002)
  • 1942 Lola Falana [Loletha Elayne], American singer and actress (Golden Boy, A Man Called Adam), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1942 Gerome Ragni, American playwright and songwriter (Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1943 Mickey Hart, American drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Leo Kottke, American guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1946 Dennis Tufano, American rock guitarist and vocalist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Gerry Conway, British drummer and percussionist (Cat Stevens; Fairport Convention), born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England.
  • 1948 John Martyn, British musician, born in New Maldon, Surrey (d. 2009)
  • 1953 Tommy Shaw, American musician and singer (Styx), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1953 Renée Geyer, Australian singer (It's A Man's Man's World, Stares and Whispers), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1955 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 2008)
  • 1957 Jon Moss, English rock drummer (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me), born in Wandsworth, South London
  • 1958 Mick Talbot, English rock keyboardist (Style Council-You're The Best Thing), born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1960 Neal X [Whitmore], English musician (Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Love Missile F-111), born in Henley-on-Thames, England
  • 1961 Elizabeth Daily, American actress and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Victor Wooten, American bass guitarist, born in Mountain Home, Idaho
  • 1965 Moby [Richard Hall], American musician (Play, 18), born in Harlem, New York

Person of interestHarry Connick Jr

1967 Harry Connick Jr, American singer (We Are in Love) and actor, born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1968 Kay Hanley, American musician (Letters to Cleo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Gidget Gein, American musician (Marilyn Manson band), born in Hollywood, Florida (d. 2008)
  • 1970 Taraji P. Henson, American actress and singer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Ted Leo, American musician (Ted Leo and the Pharmacists), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1971 Richard Ashcroft, British singer (The Verve), born in Wigan, Lancashire, England
  • 1975 Mark Klepaski, American musician, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician (Let's Get Physical), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1977 Ludacris [Christopher Bridges], American rapper and actor (Back for the First Time, Fast and Furious), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1977 Jon Buckland, British guitarist (Coldplay), born in London, England
  • 1978 Ben Lee, Australian musician and actor (The Rage in Placid Lake), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1981 Charles Kelley, American country singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Augusta, Georgia

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Country singer Merle Haggard (56) weds fifth, and final, wife Theresa Ann Lane at his ranch near Redding, California

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Deaths in Music

  • 1646 Johann Stobäus, North German composer, dies at 66
  • 1733 François Couperin, French composer and organist (Les Concerts Royaux), dies at 64
  • 1789 Luca Sorkocevic, Croatian composer, dies at 55
  • 1848 Henri-Philippe Gerard, Belgian composer, dies at 87
  • 1858 Alexander Gurilyov, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • 1892 Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), dies at 84
  • 1898 Adolphe-Abraham Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Louis Coerne, composer, dies at 52
  • 1924 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), dies at 57
  • 1949 Henri Rabaud, French composer/conductor (L'ete), dies at 75
  • 1954 Licinio Refice, Italian priest and composer (Cecilia), dies at 69
  • 1957 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • 1958 Robert Lach, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • 1976 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), dies at 93
  • 1980 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer, dies at 80
  • 1984 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), dies at 81
  • 1985 William Alwyn, English composer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; Mystic Man, Legalize It), shot dead at his home in Jamaica at 42
  • 1987 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • 1993 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, dies at 81
  • 2004 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady) dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 2007 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") dies from Merkel cell carcinoma at 75
  • 2014 Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer (Big Girls Don't Cry), dies at 83
  • 2014 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, dies at 89
  • 2017 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • 2019 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), dies of a suspected heart attack at 58
  • 2020 [Frederick] "Toots" Hibbert, Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Maytals - "Pressure Drop"), dies with COVID-19 symptoms at 77 [1]