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
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1587 Francesca Caccini, Italian composer (d. circa 1640)
  • 1636 Pietro Sanmartini, composer
  • 1684 Johann Gottfried Walther, Erfurt Germany, composer and musicographer
  • 1752 Johann Anton Sulzer, composer
  • 1765 Oliver Holden, composer
  • 1772 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, composer
  • 1860 Alberto Franchetti, composer
  • 1877 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest/songwriter (Under the Snow)
  • 1883 Lord Berners, [Gerald Tyrwhitt], England, composer (1st Childhood)
  • 1885 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer
  • 1890 Vladimir Ambros, composer
  • 1893 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Jamaican Rumba), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1897 Pablo Sorozabal Marialcurrena, composer
  • 1910 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • 1910 Leon Stein, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Alan Ande Anderson, opera director
  • 1922 Ray Steadman-Allen, English composer
  • 1928 Adam Walacinski, composer
  • 1929 Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player
  • 1933 Jimmie F. Rodgers [James Frederick], American singer and guitarist (Jimmie Rodgers Show, Honey Comb), born in Camas, Washington
  • 1933 Manfred Niehaus, composer
  • 1937 Norman Dinnerstein, composer
  • 1939 Naresh Kumar Sohal, composer
  • 1940 Frankie Avalon [Francis Avallone], American actor and singer (Beach Party, Venus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Haflidi Magnus Hallgrimmson, composer
  • 1943 Michael Vetter, composer
  • 1944 Michael Franks, rocker
  • 1944 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Hans Vermeulen, singer/guitarist (Sandy Coast)
  • 1949 Kerry Livgren, American rock guitarist (Kansas), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1950 Mike Hossack, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers), born in Patterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Dee Dee Ramone [Douglas Colvin], rock bassist (Ramones), born in Fort Lee, Virginia (d. 2002)
  • 1962 Joanne Catherall, rock vocalist (Human League), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1966 Spike, guitarist (Ian Spice Breathe, Flash Cadillac) [or Feb 4]
  • 1967 Ricky Bell, 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
  • 1971 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer
  • 1973 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi)
  • 1974 Xzibit [Alvin Nathaniel Joiner], American rapper and actor (At the Speed of Life, Pimp My Ride), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 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

Weddings in Music

  • 1955 Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)

HeartWedding 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, composer, dies at 60
  • 1857 Karol Kazimierz Kurpinski, composer, dies at 72
  • 1857 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), dies at 72
  • 1903 Isidor Vorobchievici, composer, dies at 67
  • 1903 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1911 Russian Premier Peter Stolypin (1906-11), shot and murdered at the Kiev Opera House aged 49
  • 1918 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer, dies at 33
  • 1929 Hermann Gradener, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1945 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • 1966 Fernand Lamy, composer, dies at 85
  • 1966 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • 1969 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, 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
  • 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)