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
  • 2006 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 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)
  • 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 (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Ande Anderson, English opera director, born in South Shields (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Ray Steadman-Allen, English composer, born in Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital', Clapton, England (d. 2014)
  • 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 Jimmie F. Rodgers [James Frederick], American singer and guitarist (Jimmie Rodgers Show, Honey Comb), born in Camas, Washington
  • 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)
  • 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 Mike Hossack, American 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 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
  • 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)
  • 2011 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (E Berlin Symph 1960-77), dies at 98