On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 19

Events in Music

  • 1908 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1910 George M. Cohan's musical "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford" premieres in NYC

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1953 "Hazel Flagg" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 190 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

1960 Chubby Checker's "The Twist" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Learn More
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Learn More
  • 1976 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1979 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen & Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • 1981 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music releaseAlbum Release

1988 Bon Jovi release their 4th album "New Jersey" - most top ten hits of any rock/glam metal album (5)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Music releaseAlbum Release

1989 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

  • 1996 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1705 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer and violinist, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1786)
  • 1770 Johann Georg Repsold, German instrument maker and astronomer, born in Wremen, Wurster Nordseeküste, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1824 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, born in Baden, Austria (d. 1902)
  • 1837 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1914)
  • 1882 Paul-Marie Masson, French musicologist (L’Opéra de Rameau), and composer, born in Sète, France (d. 1954)
  • 1887 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, born in Parigi, France (d. 1962)
  • 1906 Dalibor Cyril Vačkář, Czech composer, born in Korčula, Croatia (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony, 1952-59), born in Valdibure, Pistoia, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Allan Pettersson, Swedish composer, born in Granhammar Castle, Uppland, Sweden (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Weldon Hart, American composer, born in Bear-Place Spring, Tennessee (d. 1957)
  • 1912 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), born in Arys, German Empire (d. 2011)
  • 1915 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1919 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), born in Monessen, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1921 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire (d.2015)
  • 1926 Arthur Wills, English musician and composer, born in Coventry, England
  • 1930 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)

Person of interestBrian Epstein

1934 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1967)

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • 1935 Nick Massi, American rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1936 [Charles Eugene] Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • 1938 Zygmunt Krauze, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1938 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet and political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Bill Medley, American singer and songwriter (The Righteous Brothers), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1940 Paul Williams, American singer, actor and composer (Rainy Days and Mondays, Evergreen), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940 Sylvia Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1941 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1974)
  • 1942 Freda Payne, American singer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945 David Bromberg, American musician (Demon in Disguise), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 John Coghlan, English rock drummer (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • 1947 Lol Creme [Lawrence Creme], English rock vocalist and guitarist (10cc), born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England
  • 1947 Ray Cooper, British percussionist (Elton John; Eric Clapton; George Harrison), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1950 Stanley Sheldon, American bass guitar player (Peter Frampton), born in 1950 in Ottawa, Kansas
  • 1951 Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer, born in Hull, Quebec, Canada
  • 1952 Nile Rodgers, American guitarist and music producer (Chic), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Rhys Chatham, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1955 Rex Smith, American actor and singer (Pirates of Penzance, You Take My Breath Away), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1955 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1958 Lita Ford, English-American vocalist (Kiss Me Deadly, Runaways), born in London, England
  • 1963 Alessandra Martines, Italian-French dancer and actress (Chance or Coincidence), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1963 Jarvis Cocker, English musician (Pulp), born in Sheffield, England

Person of interestTrisha Yearwood

1964 Trisha Yearwood, American country singer (Sweetest Gift), born in Monticello, Georgia

Country Singer Trisha Yearwood
Country Singer
Trisha Yearwood
  • 1965 Sabine Paturel, French singer (Les Bêtises) and actress, born in Toulon, France
  • 1969 Candy Dulfer, Dutch saxophonist (Lily Was Here), born in Amsterdam, Holland
  • 1969 Alkinoos Ioannidis, Greek-Cypriot singer and composer, born in Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 1969 Tapio Wilska, Finnish singer (Sethian), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • 1970 Takanori Nishikawa, Japanese pop-rock singer (T.M.Revolution), born in Yasu, Japan
  • 1973 Jeremy Jordan, American singer and actor, born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1976 Jim Ward, American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1977 Ryan Dusick, American drummer (Maroon 5), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Sara Quin, Canadian singer and songwriter (Tegan and Sara), born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1980 Tegan Quin, Canadian singer and songwriter (Tegan and Sara), born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 1981 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • 1984 Eamon [Doyle], American pop singer (F*ck It (I Don't Want You Back)), born in Staten Island, New York City
  • 1987 Muhammad Iqbal Siddiq, Indonesian concert pianist and teacher, born in Jakarta, Indonesia

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

2009 "500 Days of Summer" actress Zooey Deschanel (29) weds "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (33) in Seattle, Washington


Deaths in Music

  • 1719 Joachim Tielke, German violin maker, dies at 77
  • 1756 Josef Antonin Sehling, composer, dies at 46
  • 1830 Stanislas Champein, French composer, dies at 76
  • 1836 Carl Friedrich Ebers, composer, dies at 66
  • 1918 Liza Lehmann, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1936 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musician (b. 1860)
  • 1954 Tibor Harsányi, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • 1961 Maurice Delage, French pianist, and composer (Ragamalika; Seven Haikais), dies at 81 [date of passing may be 21 Sept]
  • 1968 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • 1972 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), dies at 73
  • 1973 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1982 Samuel L M Barlow, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), dies at 90
  • 1984 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 1990 Werner Janssen, American composer (New Years Eve in NY), dies at 91
  • 1993 Bruce Ferden, US conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • 1993 András Mihály, Hungarian composer, dies at 75
  • 1994 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), dies of Ewing's Sarcoma at 38
  • 1995 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger, dies at 63
  • 1997 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • 1999 Ed Cobb, American musician, songwriter and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • 2003 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, dies at 90
  • 2004 Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • 2006 Chuck Rio, American singer and saxophonist (The Champs) (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • 2008 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • 2009 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • 2011 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • 2014 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), dies at 73
  • 2017 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - A Little Loving), dies at 76
  • 2020 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne) dies of prostate cancer at 73 [1]