On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 2

Events in Music

  • 1922 President Ebert declares "Deutschland Uber Alles" the German national anthem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1960 William Walton's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Music release#1 in the Charts

1972 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1979 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • 1982 Rolling Stone Keith Richard's house burns down
  • 1984 "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 362 performances
  • 1990 "Grapes of Wrath" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 188 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1991 "Ropin' the Wind" 3rd studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1992)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1993 10th MTV Video Music Awards: Pearl Jam, En Vogue wins

Birthdays in Music

  • 1661 Georg Böhm, German organist and composer, born in Hohenkirchen (d. 1733)
  • 1716 Johann Trier, German composer, born in Themar, Thuringia
  • 1750 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, born in Kalmar (d. 1842)
  • 1862 Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist (d. 1881)
  • 1892 Felix Wolfes, composer
  • 1910 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher
  • 1911 René Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1954)
  • 1914 Lawrence "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Dai-Keong Lee, composer
  • 1915 Hans Joachim Koellreutter, composer
  • 1917 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), born in Prainha, São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), born in Haskell County, Teaxs (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Marge Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1925 Hugo Montenegro, American composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1927 Tzvi Avni, Israeli classical composer (Meditations On A Drama), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1928 Miloslav Istvan, composer
  • 1930 Andrey Pavlovich Petrov, composer
  • 1932 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1933 Rick Lewis, American doo-wop tenor (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 20055)
  • 1934 Michael Sahl, composer
  • 1936 David Leonard Blake, composer
  • 1939 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1940 Jimmy Clanton, Baton Rogue, La, rock vocalist (Just a Dream)
  • 1940 Mick Pyne, British touring and session jazz pianist (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame: Charlie Watts), born in Thornton Dale, North Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Joe Simon, American singer (Power of Love)
  • 1943 Rosalind Ashford, American rock vocalist (Martha Reeve & Vandellas - "Heat Wave"; "Dancing In The Street"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Đorđe Novković, Croatian pop singer-songwriter (Pro Arte), and television personality (Hrvatski Idol), born in Vladimirci, German-occupied Serbia (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Richard Coughlan, English drummer and percussionist (Caravan), (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Linda "Tui" Tillery, American singer-songwriter (The Loading Zone), born in San Francisco
  • 1949 Albert West[laken], Dutch singer (Dumb Willie)
  • 1950 Michael Rother, German musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster), born in Hamburg, West Germany
  • 1951 Mike Kaminski, English musician (ELO), born in Harrogate
  • 1953 John Zorn, American jazz and avant garde musician and composer, born in New York City
  • 1957 Steve Porcaro, rock keyboards/vocalist (Toto-Roseanna, Africa), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959 Esther Oosterbeek, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots)

Person of interestKeanu Reeves

1964 Keanu Reeves, Canadian actor (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Matrix), born in Beirut, Lebanon

Actor and Musician Keanu Reeves
Actor and Musician
Keanu Reeves
  • 1966 Dino Cazares, American heavy metal guitarist (FearFactor), born in El Centro, California
  • 1969 Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, American singer
  • 1971 Katt [Micah Sierra] Williams, American comedian, actor, rapper, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1976 Phil Lipscomb, American musician (Taproot)
  • 1977 Ramiro Muñoz, Colombian musician
  • 1977 Sam Rivers, American rock bassist (Limp Bizkit), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1984 Jack Peñate, English singer and musician (Matinée), born in London, England
  • 1987 Spencer Smith, American rock drummer (Panic! at the Disco), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1989 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1978 British musician George Harrison (35) marries American record label marketer Olivia Arias (30) at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

LoveWedding of Interest

1978 Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)

  • 2000 "The Backstreet Boys" lead vocalist Brian Littrell (25) weds actress Leighanne Wallace (31) at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2006 "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri

Deaths in Music

  • 1397 Francesco Landini, Italian composer
  • 1715 Constantin Christian Dedekind, German composer and poet, dies at 87
  • 1800 Prince Maciej Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian noble, composer and librettist, dies at 50
  • 1870 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, dies at 48
  • 1891 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer, dies at 76
  • 1905 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1906 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1934 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), is shot at 26
  • 1934 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • 1955 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, dies at 60
  • 1961 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, dies at 54
  • 1970 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63
  • 1980 William Douglas Denny, American composer, dies at 70
  • 1981 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Four Essays; Psychodrama; Voices From Afar), co-founder of Warsaw Autumn festival, and educator, dies at 53
  • 1986 Philip Radcliffe, English composer, dies at 81
  • 1994 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1995 Vaclav Neummann, conductor, dies at 74
  • 1996 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Cyril Reuben, violinist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), dies at 96
  • 1997 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 2000 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2001 Jay Migliori, American saxophonist (Supersax), dies at 70
  • 2006 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2006 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2006 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • 2007 Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer, dies of breast cancer at 45
  • 2007 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62
  • 2009 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • 2012 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2015 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • 2017 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), dies at 96
  • 2017 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 66
  • 2018 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), dies from a brain tumor at 58 [1]
  • 2020 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers), dies at 62