On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 15

Events in Music

  • 1928 Stothard, Kalmar & Ruby's musical "Good Boy" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • 1951 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances
  • 1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • 1964 Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

1968 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1977 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 124 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna

Music releaseMusic Single

1993 Single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" sung by Meat Loaf and composed by Jim Steinman is released. Goes on to be No. 1 in 28 countries.

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman

Music releaseMusic Single

2005 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Blige (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

Birthdays in Music

  • 1572 Erasmus Widmann, German composer, born in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1634)
  • 1586 Cristobal de Isla Diego, composer
  • 1685 Gottfried Kirchhoff, German composer, born in Mühlbeck, Bitterfeld, Germany (d. 1746)
  • 1690 Ignazio Prota, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1748)
  • 1744 Georg Ritschel, composer
  • 1764 Friedrich Heine, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1821)
  • 1764 Paolo Francesco Parenti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1821)
  • 1808 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1866)
  • 1811 Jan Nepomuk Škroup, Czech composer, born in Osice, Czech Republic (d. 1892)
  • 1816 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1880)
  • 1837 Leo van Gheluwe, Belgian composer, born in Wannegem-Lede, East Flanders (d. 1914)
  • 1851 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, born in Vranjevo, Novi Bečej (d. 1931)
  • 1858 Jenő Hubay [Huber], Hungarian violinist, composer, and educator (Budapest Conservatory, 1886-1934) born in Pest, Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 1863 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1876 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1884 Floro Manuel Ugarte, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1975)
  • 1890 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • 1903 Roy Acuff, Maynardville Tenn, country musician (Hee Haw)
  • 1906 Kathryn Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1909 Carlos Estrada, composer
  • 1911 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1912 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer
  • 1913 Henry Dreyfus Brant, composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1913 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist/composer
  • 1917 Richard Arnell, composer
  • 1921 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • 1923 Anton Heiller, composer
  • 1924 Bobby Short, Danville Ill, singer/pianist (Carlisle Hotel)
  • 1928 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1933 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor
  • 1941 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane ("Chauffeur Blues"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1948 Amalie Malling, Danish concert pianist, and educator (Royal Danish Academy of Music, 1981-present), born in Lübeck, Germany
  • 1952 Kelly Keagy, rock vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1953 Pat Barrett, Canadian pop and doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1956 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter ("Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"), born in Birmingham
  • 1956 Ned Rothenberg, composer
  • 1956 Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer
  • 1958 Dr. Know [Gary Miller], American guitarist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1960 Michel "Mitch" Dorge, Canadian drummer and producer (Crash Test Dummies), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1964 Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein [Paul Caiafa], American musician, former guitarist for horror punk band The Misfits, born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1967 Jerry Dixon, heavy metal bassist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1969 DJ Kay Gee [Kier Gist], American musician (Naughty by Nature), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1971 Ben Wallers, English musician and songwriter (Country Teasers)
  • 1972 Kit Chan, Singaporean singer
  • 1974 Jamie Stevens, German singer
  • 1976 Paul Thomson, Scottish drummer (Franz Ferdinand), born in Glasgow
  • 1976 Ivette Sosa, American pop singer (Eden's Crush -, "Get Over Yourself"), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 1977 Angela Aki, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1980 Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese pop singer
  • 1989 Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 2012 "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2012 Singer Annie Lennox (57) weds Harvard-educated gynecologist Mitch Besser (57) on a private boat on the Thames River in London

Deaths in Music

  • 1747 Johann Gotthilf Ziegler, German baroque composer and organist, dies at 59
  • 1750 Charles Theodore Pachelbel, composer, dies at 59
  • 1840 Franz Pecháček, Austrian-German composer, dies at 47
  • 1841 Alessandro Rolla, composer, dies at 84
  • 1842 Pierre Baillot, French violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1875 Louise Farrenc, French pianist, composer and only female professor at the Paris Conservatory during the 19th century, dies at 71
  • 1880 William Hauser, composer, dies at 67
  • 1885 Juliusz Zarebski, composer, dies at 31
  • 1895 Jan Kleczyński Sr., Polish pianist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1916 Isidore Edouard Legouix, composer, dies at 82
  • 1923 Sayed Darwish, composer, dies at 31
  • 1924 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American gospel composer, dies at 66
  • 1925 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, dies at 57
  • 1932 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer, dies at 76
  • 1934 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 61
  • 1945 Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern, Austrian composer, shot by American soldier on patrol at 61
  • 1950 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • 1951 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 56
  • 1953 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • 1956 Henry Clough-Leiter, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1965 Steve Brown, American musician (b. 1890)
  • 1967 Hans Haug, Swiss classical composer, dies at 67
  • 1972 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish composer, one of "The Turkish Five" (Köçekçe - Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra), dies from a stroke at 66
  • 1973 Victor Jara, Chilean musician (b. 1941)
  • 1979 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • 1980 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (Peace Piece; Waltz For Debbie), dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • 1983 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist (Evil Ways), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1983 Prince Far I, reggae deejay, producer and Rastafarian
  • 1985 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • 1991 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1993 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72
  • 1993 (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanian drummer, percussionist, and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1994 Haywood Frank Henry, sax player, dies at 81
  • 1994 Earl George, American composer and pedagogue, dies at 70
  • 1996 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), dies at 85
  • 2003 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)

Person of interestJohnny Ramone

2004 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones, dies of prostate cancer at 55

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • 2007 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, dies at 79
  • 2007 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (Red Norvo; Teddy Wilson; CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), dies of kidney disease at 85
  • 2008 Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2010 Arrow, Montserratian soca musician (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Guido Turchi, Italian composer (Invettiva), dies at 93
  • 2017 Harry Dean Stanton, American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), dies at 91
  • 2019 Ric Ocasek [Richard Otcasek], American musician (The Cars - Best Friend's Girl; Shake It Up), found dead at 75
  • 2020 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 94 [1]