On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 18

Events in Music

  • 1769 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • 1809 Royal Opera House in London opens
  • 1897 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1899 Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1948 "Hilarities (of 1949)" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 14 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • 1969 American singer Tiny Tim (37) & Victoria "Miss Vicki" Budinger(17) get engaged
  • 1979 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • 1979 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 1980 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • 1985 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances
  • 2006 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2017 69th Emmy Awards: hosted by Stephen Colbert, "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K Brown, Julia Dreyfus, Donald Glover win

Comedian and TV Host Stephen Colbert
Comedian and TV Host
Stephen Colbert
Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes

Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Francesca Caccini, Italian composer and singer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1641)
  • 1636 Pietro Sanmartini, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1701)
  • 1684 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1748)
  • 1752 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, born in Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1828)
  • 1765 Oliver Holden, American composer, born in Shirley, Massachusetts (d. 1844)
  • 1772 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, born in Dreux, France (d. 1839)
  • 1860 Alberto Franchetti, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), born in Broechem, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), born in Apley Hall, Shropshire (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Ludomir Różycki, Polish composer and conductor (Eros i Psyche; Pan Twardowski), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1885 Muslim Magomayev, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer, born in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia (d. 1937)
  • 1890 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, born in Prostějov, Czech Republic (d. 1956)
  • 1893 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1960)
  • 1897 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1988)
  • 1904 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [N.S. Oct 1]
  • 1905 Agnes De Mille, American dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • 1910 Leon Stein, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Ande Anderson, English opera director, born in South Shields (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, born in Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital', Clapton, England (d. 2014)
  • 1922 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, born in Byhalia, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1933 (James Frederick) "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), born in Camas, Washington (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Manfred Niehaus, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1939 Naresh Sohal, Indian composer, born in Punjab, India
  • 1940 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Icelandic composer, born in Akureyri, Iceland
  • 1943 Michael Vetter, German composer, born in Oberstdorf, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Michael Franks, American jazz singer and songwriter, born in La Jolla, California
  • 1944 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, born in Chipiona, Spain (d. 2006)
  • 1946 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, born in Galicia, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Hans Vermeulen, Dutch singer and guitarist (Sandy Coast), born in Voorburg, Netherlands (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950 Carl Verbraeken, Belgian composer, born in Wilrijk, Belgium
  • 1951 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Gerald Custer, American choral conductor and composer (I Kiss My Hand to the Stars), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1961 Martin "Frosty" Beedle, British session and touring drummer (Cutting Crew -"(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"), born in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, England
  • 1962 Joanne Catherall, English rock vocalist (Human League), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1963 John Powell, British film score composer, based in America (Happy Feet; Bourne films), born in London
  • 1964 Marco Masini, Italian singer and songwriter, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1964 Luca Belcastro, Italian classical music composer, born in Como, Italy
  • 1966 Ian "Spike" Spice, English guitarist (IBreathe, Flash Cadillac) (d. 2000)
  • 1967 Ricky Bell, American rock vocalist (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Cappadonna [Darryl Hill], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1969 Johanna Doderer, Austrian composer, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • 1971 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer, born in Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1973 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1974 Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner], American rapper and actor (At the Speed of Life, Pimp My Ride), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1977 Barrett Foa, American actor and singer (NCIS LA), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1980 Charles Hedger, British musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1984 Dizzee Rascal [Dylan Kwabena Mills], English rapper (Boy in da Corner), born in London, England
  • 1987 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1988 Lukas Forchhammer, Danish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Lukas Graham - "7 Years"), born in Freetown Christiania, Denmark

Weddings in Music

  • 1955 American actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds American singer Eddie Fisher (27); divorce in 1959

LoveWedding of Interest

2004 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 2006 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • 2009 Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis
  • 2010 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (45) weds model Jill McCormick (32) in Hawaii

Deaths in Music

  • 1831 Peter Hansel, German Austrian composer and violinist, dies at 60
  • 1857 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), dies at 72
  • 1903 Isidor Vorobchievici, Romanian composer, dies at 67
  • 1903 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1918 Ernest Farrar, English composer and musician, dies at 33
  • 1929 Hermann Gradener, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1945 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), dies of malarial fever, syphilis and blindness at 48
  • 1966 Fernand Lamy, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1966 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • 1969 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, Hungarian German composer, dies at 66

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

1970 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1991 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1996 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), dies at 87
  • 1997 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
  • 2007 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • 2011 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98
  • 2013 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), dies at 93