On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 12

Events in Music

  • 1910 Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony premieres in Munich with 1028 musicians
  • 1927 Sigmund Romberg's musical "My Maryland," premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Noël Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1953 "Carnival in Flanders" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1960 "Vintage '60" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1975 Pink Floyd releases their ninth album "Wish You Were Here"

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1990 "Les Miserables," opens at Cirkus Theater, Stockholm
  • 1994 American country singer-songwriter George Jones undergoes successful triple bypass surgery


1995 INXS' Michael Hutchence pleads guilty to punching a photographer

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2010 27th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Eminem win

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music releaseMusic Single

2011 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

  • 2017 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia

Birthdays in Music

  • 1655 Sebastien de Brossard, French composer and music theorist, born in Dompierre, Orne, France (d. 1730)
  • 1768 Benjamin Carr, American composer, born in London (d. 1831)
  • 1856 Johann Heinrich Beck, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1876 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1887 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, born in Sulina, Romania (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (Thank Heaven For Little Girls), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, born in Faenza, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1971)
  • 1898 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1963)
  • 1900 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1975)
  • 1901 Ernst Pepping, German composer, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1904 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Boris Arapov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Ruvim Pergament, composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1965)
  • 1915 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Jackson Mac Low, American poet and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, born in Duncan, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1931 George Jones, American country singer-songwriter ("Golden Rings"; "Oh Lonesome Me"), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Judy Clay [Guions], American soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1938 Tatiana Troyanos, American mezzo-soprano (Octavian-Der Rosenleavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Phillip Ramey, American composer, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1941 Hans-Karsten Raecke, German composer, born in Rostock, Germany
  • 1942 Tomés Marco, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1943 Maria Muldaur, American singer (Midnight at the Oasis), born in Greenwich Village, New York

Person of interestBarry White

1944 Barry White [Carter], American singer ("Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe"; "You're The First, The Last, My Everything"), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2003)

Singer Barry White
Barry White
  • 1944 Colin Young, Barbadian-British singer (The Foundations - "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Barbados, West Indies
  • 1945 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer (Dear Mrs Applebee), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, American rock guitarist (Redbone), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2009)
  • 1948 Luis Lima, Argentinian operatic tenor, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1949 Tony Stevens, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London
  • 1952 Gerry Beckley, American rock vocalist, guitarist and songwriter (America - "Sister Golden Hair"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1952 Neil Peart, Canadian musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1956 Barry Andrews, British rock musician (XTC; League of Gentlemen; Shreikback), born in West Norwood, London
  • 1956 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • 1957 Hans Zimmer, German film score composer (The Lion King), born in Frankfurt
  • 1961 Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer (Cendres de Lune), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1961 Kadim Al Sahir, Iraqi singer-songwriter (Ana Wa Laila - Me and Laila), born in Mosul, Iraq
  • 1962 Dino Merlin, Bosnian singer and songwriter, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1965 John Norwood Fisher, American ska-funk bassist (Fishbone), born in California
  • 1966 Ben Folds, American singer and songwriter (Ben Folds Five), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1968 [Reid Laurence] Larry LaLonde, American guitarist (Primus-Frizzle Fry), born in Richmond, California
  • 1970 Nathan Larson, American guitarist and composer (Shudder To Think, Hot One), born in Maryland
  • 1974 Jennifer Nettles, American country singer (Sugarland), born in Douglas, Georgia
  • 1976 Bizzy Bone [Bryon Anthony McCane], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1977 James McCartney, British musician son of Paul & Linda McCartney, born in London, England
  • 1977 Idan Raichel, Israeli singer-songwriter, born in Kfar Saba, Israel
  • 1977 Jeff Irwin, American rock and jazz bassist, born in Creve Coeur, Missouri
  • 1977 2 Chainz [Tauheed Epps], American rapper, born in College Park, Georgia
  • 1978 Michael Paget, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, South Wales
  • 1978 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1980 Gus G., Greek guitarist (Firewind, Dream Evil), born in Thessaloniki, Greece

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

1981 Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • 1983 Carly Smithson, Irish singer (Ultimate High), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1985 Champlain Fulton, American jazz pianist and singer (Birdsong), born in Norman, Oklahoma
  • 1986 Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1988 Aaron Sidwell, English actor and singer, born in Maidstone, Kent, England
  • 1994 RM [Kim Nam-joon], South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Ilsan, South Korea

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

1840 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann
  • 2009 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi

Deaths in Music

  • 1739 Reinhard Keiser, German conductor/composer (Markus-Passion), dies at 65
  • 1764 Jean Philippe Rameau, French composer (Castor en Pollux), dies at 80
  • 1789 Franz Xaver Richter, composer, dies at 79
  • 1806 Christian Gottfried Thomas, composer, dies at 58
  • 1807 Edward Miller, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1815 Jose Mauricio, composer, dies at 63
  • 1871 Karl Collan, Finnish composer, dies at 43
  • 1877 Julius Reitz, composer, dies at 64
  • 1879 Peter Arnold Heise, composer, dies at 49
  • 1947 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), dies at 89
  • 1949 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), dies at 82
  • 1960 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 62
  • 1973 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

1992 Anthony Perkins, American actor and singer (Psycho, Friendly Persuasion, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), dies from AIDS at 60

  • 1993 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1994 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • 1995 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist, dies at 59
  • 1997 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2000 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66

Person of interestJohnny Cash

2003 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, A Boy Named Sue), dies at 71

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • 2004 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, dies at 59
  • 2004 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77
  • 2014 Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), dies of mesothelioma at 75
  • 2014 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, dies at 89
  • 2015 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), dies at 56
  • 2017 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), dies at 74