On This Day in Music for September 16

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Heaven on Earth" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1948 "Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" closes at Century NYC after 12 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1973 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1974 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1978 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1988 Fish leaves rock group Marillion
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Nuevo Apolo, Madrid

Music releaseAlbum Release

2014 Barbra Streisand releases album "Partners" features duets with other artists, when reaches No 1, makes Streisand only recording-artist with top album in six decades

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Birthdays in Music

  • 1098 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known, born in Böckelheim, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1179)
  • 1557 Jacques Mauduit, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1627)
  • 1797 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, born in Brescello, Italy (d. 1879)
  • 1800 Józef Nowakowski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Koryciska, Przysucha County, Poland (d. 1865)
  • 1847 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1933)
  • 1887 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer
  • 1895 Karol Rathaus, composer
  • 1899 Hans Swarowsky, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1903 Richard Hall, composer
  • 1906 Annie Hermes, Dutch singer
  • 1915 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1916 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), born in Madurai, Madras Presidency (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Andy Russell, singer (Andy & Della Russell Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1919 Milan Harasta, composer
  • 1921 Fritz Geissler, composer
  • 1921 John Hendricks, lyricist singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  • 1924 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2014)

Person of interestB.B. King

1925 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2015)

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1925 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Jan Johansson, composer
  • 1933 George Chakiris, Norwood Ohio, actor (West Side Story)
  • 1934 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners and Solo Artist (d.2008)
  • 1941 Joe Butler, American rock vocalist/drummer (Lovin' Spoonful), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1942 Bernie Calvert, rock bassist (Hollies)
  • 1944 Betty Kelly, American rocker (Martha Reeves & Vandellas), born in Attalla, Alabama
  • 1946 Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer
  • 1948 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer/vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England
  • 1948 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950 David Bellamy, singer (Bellamy Bros-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1953 Earl Klugh, Jazz pianist/guitarist
  • 1953 Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace, Smokie) (d. 1995)
  • 1954 Colin Newman, English musician (Wire)
  • 1954 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), (d. 2014)
  • 1955 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1956 Charles Fearing, rock guitarist (Raydio)
  • 1956 Peter Zaremba, rocker (Fleshtones)
  • 1958 Terry McBride, singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1961 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
  • 1963 Richard Marx, rock musician (Hold on to the Night), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 David Michael Sabo, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1968 Marc Anthony [Marco Antonio Muñiz], American sala singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Kathi Wolfgram, rocker (Jets-You Got it All), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Justine Frischmann, English musician (Elastica)
  • 1970 Mark Schultz, American Christian musician
  • 1976 Andres Javier Blazquez, PR, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • 1976 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club)
  • 1978 Matthew Rogers, American singer
  • 1981 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • 1984 Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
  • 1984 Katie Melua, Georgian-British singer
  • 1987 Travis Wall, American Dancer/Dance Instructor
  • 1988 Teddy Geiger, American singer

Person of interestNick Jonas

1992 Nick Jonas, American singer, actor and producer (The Jonas Brothers), born in Dallas, Texas

Singer-songwriter Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

1991 Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1993 Singer Karen Akers (48) weds businessman Kevin Powers (41)
  • 2006 Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd (29) weds Mel Gibson's daughter Hannah Gibson at the altar of The Holy Family Church in Malibu
  • 2017 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

Deaths in Music

  • 1652 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, dies at 61
  • 1696 Lambert Pietkin, Flemish composer, dies at 83
  • 1798 Damasus Brosmann, Moravian composer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Carlos Gomez, composer, dies at 60
  • 1925 Leo Fall, Austria operetta composer (That Pink von Stambul), dies at 52
  • 1945 John McCormack, Irish-American tenor (Irish folksongs), dies at 61
  • 1946 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • 1965 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
  • 1977 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
  • 1990 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 1994 Bernie Lazaroff Leighton, pianist, dies at 73
  • 2003 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • 2004 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • 2005 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, dies at 83
  • 2005 Constance Moore, American singer and actress (Buck Rogers, Show Business, Atlantic City), dies at 85
  • 2008 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68

Person of interestMary Travers

2009 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), dies of leukemia at 72

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • 2013 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), dies at 69