On This Day in Music for September 14

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1741 George Frideric Handel finishes his "Messiah" oratorio after working on it non-stop for 23 days

  • 1954 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice
  • 1980 "Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1984 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think"
  • 1987 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest

Birthdays in Music

  • 1722 Joseph Paul Ziegler, composer
  • 1724 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, born in Baden bei Wien, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1737 Johann Michael Haydn, composer
  • 1748 Johann Paul Schulthesius, composer
  • 1760 M Luigi CZS Cherubini, Italian prodigy/composer
  • 1761 Pavel Lambert Masek, composer
  • 1768 Georg Johann Schinn, composer
  • 1840 George Elbridge Whiting, composer
  • 1882 Harald Fryklof, composer
  • 1885 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor/composer (Batture d'aspetto)
  • 1902 Giorgos Papasideris Greek musician (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Richard Mohaupt, Breslau Germany, composer (Bucolica)
  • 1908 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Lehman Engel, conductor/comp (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1914 Michael Spisak, composer
  • 1919 Deryck Cooke, British composer and musicologist, born in Leicester (d. 1976)
  • 1926 Hovhannes Gorgeni Ter-T'at'evosyan, composer
  • 1926 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1941 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan musician
  • 1942 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, born in Tallin (d. 1995)
  • 1942 Oliver Eugene Lake, jazz saxophonist and composer
  • 1944 Joey Heatherton, dancer/actress (Bluebeard), born in Rockville Center, New York
  • 1947 Jon "Bowser" Bauman, singer (Sha Na Na), born in Queens, New York
  • 1948 Fred "Sonic" Smith, guitarist
  • 1949 Steve Gaines, Seneca Mo, rock vocalist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1949 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese singer
  • 1950 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), born in London, England
  • 1953 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (d. 1998)
  • 1954 Barry Cowsill, rock bassist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • 1959 Morten Harket, Konigsberg Norway, rocker (Aha-Take on Me)
  • 1966 Mike Cooley, American guitarist
  • 1970 Craig Montoya, American musician (Everclear)
  • 1971 Jeff Loomis, American guitarist (Nevermore)
  • 1971 Andre Matos, Brazilian musician
  • 1978 Danielle Peck, country music singer
  • 1981 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983 Amy Winehouse, British singer (Stronger Than Me, Rehab), born in London (d. 2011)

  • 1984 Melissa McGhee, American singer
  • 1985 Paolo Gregoletto, American bassist (Trivium)
  • 1985 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1986 Ai Takahashi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1970 Singer Stevie Wonder (20) marries Rita Wright [Syreeta] (24)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

HeartWedding of Interest

1974 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • 2013 Singer-songwriter John Legend (34) weds model Chrissy Teigen (27) at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy

Deaths in Music

  • 1645 Heinrich Steuccius, composer, dies at 65
  • 1743 Johann Michael Muller, composer, dies at 59
  • 1750 Carl T Pachelbel, US organist/composer
  • 1763 Johann Philipp Sack, composer, dies at 40
  • 1788 Theodore-Jean Tarade, composer, dies at 56
  • 1836 Vincenzo Lavigna, composer, dies at 60
  • 1844 Oliver Holden, composer, dies at 78
  • 1861 Fortunato Santini, composer, dies at 83
  • 1872 Yury Nikolayevich Golitsin, composer, dies at 48
  • 1886 Hubert Reis, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1902 Reinhold Finsterbusch, composer, dies at 76
  • 1927 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, dies at 50 due to her scarf becoming entangled in her car's wheel
  • 1932 Jean Emile Paul Cras, composer, dies at 53
  • 1936 Ossip Gabrilovich, composer, dies at 58
  • 1951 Fritz Busch, German conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1962 Marcel Delannoy, composer, dies at 64
  • 1964 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • 1975 Walter Herbert, German conductor and impresario (b. 1902)
  • 1979 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Yasuji Kiyose, composer, dies at 81
  • 1981 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Christian Ferras, French violinist (b. 1933)
  • 1989 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies at 71
  • 1990 Wime de Craene, Flemish chansonnier/composer, dies
  • 1996 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • 2001 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer (b. 1931)
  • 2003 John Serry, Sr., American musician, (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (b. 1952)
  • 2009 Henry Gibson, American actor and songwriter (b. 1935)