On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 17

Events in Music

  • 1931 Operetta "Viktoria & Her Hussar" by Paul Abraham (adapted for English by Harry Graham) premieres in London at Palace Theatre h

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1934 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording (Beethoven's 5th)

  • 1946 "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • 1946 "If the Shoe Fits" opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances
  • 1951 "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • 1955 "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • 1960 "Vintage '60" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1964 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)

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1964 Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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1964 The Supremes release "Baby Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler

Music releaseMusic Single

1982 "Bad to the Bone" single by George Thorogood and the Destroyers first released

Singer and Guitarist George Thorogood
Singer and Guitarist
George Thorogood

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1983 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st winner of African American descent

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • 1995 "Love! Valor! Compassion!" closes at Walter Kerr NYC after 276 performances

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2003 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2005 Diana DeGarmo receives the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Francesco Sacrati, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1650)
  • 1711 Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1783)
  • 1748 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d.1782)
  • 1767 Henri-Montan Berton, French composer (d. 1844)
  • 1795 Saverio Mercadante, Italian composer, born in Altamura, Bari, Italy (d. 1870)
  • 1814 Stefano Ronchetti-Molnteviti, Italian composer, born in Asti, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1815 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1868)
  • 1821 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • 1849 Vaclav Juda Novotny, Czech composer and music critic, born in Vesce (d. 1922)
  • 1854 Hans Müller, German music historian and writer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1859 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, born in Albany, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1875 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • 1878 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), born in Rome (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Bernes, British composer and novelist, born in Apley Hall, Shropshire (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1885 Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Soviet composer who composed the anthem used by Azerbaijan during the Soviet period, born in Agjabadi, Russian Empire (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Lubov Tchernicheva, Russian-British ballerina, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel; Te Deum), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, born in La Serena, Chile (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Franz Grothe, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1953-75), born in Copenhagen (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Isang Yun, Korean-born German composer, born in Sancheong, Korea (d. 1995)

Person of interestHank Williams

1923 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1925 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Garry Moore Show, Annie), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1926 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Lalgudi Jayaraman, Indian Carnatic violinist and composer, born in Chennai, India (d. 2013)

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

1931 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
  • 1939 Joseph Mosikili, American-born South African broadway actor and singer, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1939 Lamonte McLemore, American rock vocalist (5th Dimension), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1939 Shelby Flint, American singer-songwriter (Angel on My Shoulder, Cast Your Fate to the Wind), born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1950 [John] Fee Waybill, American rock snger and songwriter (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1952 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • 1954 Joël-François Durand, French classical composer, born in Orléans, France
  • 1958 Manfred Honeck, Austrian conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), born in Nenzing, Austria
  • 1961 Ty Tabor, American progressive metal guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1963 Steven Dye, English singer-songwriter and bassist (Scarlet Party - 101-Dam-Nations), born in Barking, Essex, England
  • 1965 Guy Picciotto, American punk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rites of Spring; Fugazi), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Lord Jamar [Lorenzo Dechalus], American rapper (Brand Nubian), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1968 Anastacia [Newkirk], American pop singer ("Left Outside Alone"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestKeith Flint

1969 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), born in London, England (d. 2019)

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint
  • 1974 Mirah [Yom Tov Zeitlyn], American singer-songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Constantine Maroulis, American rock singer (American Idol, season 4), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1976 Maile Misajon, American pop singer (Eden's Crush - "Get Over Yourself"), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1979 Chuck Comeau, Canadian drummer (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1979 Flo Rida [Tramar Dillard], American rapper, born in Carol City, Florida
  • 1981 Jonathan Radtke, American rock guitarist (Kill Hannah)
  • 1983 Jennifer Peña, American Tejano/Latin pop singer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1985 Jon Walker, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Jonathan McReynolds, American gospel musician (Make Room), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Music

  • 1973 "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson
  • 1994 "Stone Temple Pilots" lead singer Scott Weiland 26) weds Janina Castenada
  • 2005 Country music singer Terri Clark (37) weds her tour manager Greg Kaczor at a resort on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada

Deaths in Music

  • 1179 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known, dies at 81
  • 1604 Lucas Osiander, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1702 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1732 Josef Antonín Plánický, Czech composer, dies at 40
  • 1762 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1803 Franz Xaver Sussmayr, composer, dies
  • 1820 Henri Hamal, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1824 Giacomo Tritto, Italian composer, dies at 91
  • 1846 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer, dies at 84
  • 1884 Louis Schubert, composer, dies at 56
  • 1907 Ignaz Brull, Moravian-born composer, dies at 60
  • 1934 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1951 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, dies (somewhere between 50 and 57 - birth year documentation uncertain)
  • 1953 Henry Holden Huss, American composer, dies at 91
  • 1958 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), dies from an intentional overdose of sleeping pills at 39
  • 1960 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • 1973 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, dies at 83
  • 1979 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, dies at 44 after suffering several strokes
  • 1991 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Phil-1939), dies at 89
  • 1994 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, dies at 55
  • 1996 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), dies at 63
  • 1999 Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Alfred Reed, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2006 Alvin Wayne "Al" Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy: The Wrecking Crew) dies at 69
  • 2009 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2013 Marvin Rainwater, American country and rockabilly singer, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2014 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • 2015 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • 2017 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), died on stage of a heart attack at 77
  • 2019 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, dies at 83