On This Day

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 Benjamin Britten's opera 'Turn of the Screw' premieres in Venice

Music releaseMusic Recording

1955 Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti" at J & M Studio in New Orleans

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of CP of USSR

  • 1968 Dmitri Shostakovich' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow
  • 1979 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name is released.
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Birthdays in Music

  • 1722 Joseph Paul Ziegler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1767)
  • 1724 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, born in Baden bei Wien, Austria (d. 1816)
  • 1737 Michael Haydn, Austrian composer, born in Rohrau, Austria (d. 1806)
  • 1747 José Joaquim dos Santos, Portuguese organist and composer, born in Obidos, Portugal (d. 1801)
  • 1748 Johann Paul Schulthesius, German composer, born in Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany (d. 1816)
  • 1760 Luigi Cherubini, Italian prodigy and composer, born in Florence (d. 1842)
  • 1761 Pavel Lambert Mašek, Czech composer, born in Zvíkovec, Czech Republic (d. 1826)
  • 1768 Georg Johann Schinn, German composer, born in Sinzig, Germany (d. 1833)
  • 1840 George Elbridge Whiting, American composer, born in Holliston, Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1882 Harald Fryklöf, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • 1885 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 1885 María Grever, Mexican-American composer ("What A Difference A Day Makes" / "Cuando vuelva a tu lado"), born in Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1951)
  • 1902 Giorgos Papasideris Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, born in Salamis Island, Greece (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1957)
  • 1904 Kunihiko Hashimoto, Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, and musical educator, born in the Hongo district of Tokyo (d. 1949)
  • 1904 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, born in Pilsen, Bohemia (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), born in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter known as the "Queen Mother of Nashville" (Heartbreak Hotel), born in Bardwell, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Deryck Cooke, British composer and musicologist, born in Leicester (d. 1976)
  • 1924 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1989)
  • 1926 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1941 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, born in Tallin (d. 1995)
  • 1942 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 1944 Joey Heatherton, American dancer and actress (Bluebeard), born in Rockville Center, New York
  • 1946 Pete Agnew, Scottich rock bassist (Nazareth -"Love Hurts"), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • 1947 Jon Bauman, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in Queens, New York
  • 1948 Fred "Sonic" Smith, American guitarist (MC5), born in West Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1949 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Seneca, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1949 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician and singer (Sir Henry and his Butlers), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Eikichi Yazawa, Japanese rock singer and songwriter, born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1949 Edward "Ed" King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Glendale, California (d. 2018)
  • 1950 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1953 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, born in Yancey Mills, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1954 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • 1955 Steve Berlin, American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer (Los Lobos, Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Morten Harket, Norwegian rocker (Aha-Take on Me), born in Kongsberg, Norway
  • 1966 Mike Cooley, American guitarist (Drive-By Truckers), born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • 1967 John Power, British singer-songwriter, bass player, and guitarist (The La's - "There She Goes"), born in Allerton, Liverpool, England
  • 1968 Vincent Ghadimi, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Rocourt, Liège, Belgium
  • 1970 Craig Montoya, American bass player (Everclear), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1971 Jeff Loomis, American progressive metal guitarist (Nevermore), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Andre Matos, Brazilian singer and musician (Symfonia), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1973 Nas [Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones] American rapper (It Was Written), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1978 Danielle Peck, American country music singer (Findin' a Good Man), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1981 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • 1981 Ashley Roberts, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestAmy Winehouse

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

  • 1984 Melissa McGhee, American rock singer (American Idol, season 5), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1984 Ayushmann Khurrana, Indian actor and singer (Vicky Donor), born in Chandigarh, India
  • 1985 Paolo Gregoletto, American bassist (Trivium), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1985 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer, born in Nerima, Tokyo
  • 1986 Ai Takahashi, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, Japan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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
Gwen Stefani

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
John Legend
Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen

Deaths in Music

  • 1645 Heinrich Steuccius, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1743 Johann Michael Müller, German organist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1750 Charles Theodore Pachelbel, American organist and composer, son of Johann Pachelbel, dies at about 60
  • 1763 Johann Philipp Sack, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1788 Theodore-Jean Tarade, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1836 Vincenzo Lavigna, Italian composer, dies at 60
  • 1844 Oliver Holden, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1861 Fortunato Santini, Italian priest and composer, dies at 83
  • 1886 Hubert Reis, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1902 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), dies at 76

Person of interestIsadora Duncan

1927 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, dies at 50 due to her scarf becoming entangled in her car's wheel

  • 1932 Jean Cras, French composer, dies at 53
  • 1936 Ossip Gabrilovich Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, dies of stomach cancer at 58
  • 1951 Fritz Busch, German conductor, dies at 61
  • 1962 Marcel Delannoy, French 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 and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1982 Pablo Garrido, Chilean composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 77
  • 1988 Melle Weersma, Dutch jazz arranger and composer ("Penny Serenade"), dies at 80
  • 1989 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies of a stroke at 71
  • 1990 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, dies at 40
  • 1996 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • 2001 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer, dies at 70
  • 2003 John Serry, Sr., American musician, (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Robert Wise, American Academy Award winning film director (The Day the Earth Stood Still; West Side Story; The Sound Of Music), dies of heat failure at 91
  • 2009 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 57