On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 20

Events in Music

  • 1922 Goodman & Atteridge's musical "Passing Show," premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite for jazz orchestra, premieres

  • 1948 "Magdalena" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 48 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1957 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1964 Paramount Theater (NYC) presented the Beatles with Steve & Eydie
  • 1969 Virtual band Archies' single "Sugar Sugar" hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Jim Morrison found guilty of "open profanity and indecent exposure" after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Music release#1 in the Charts

1975 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
  • 1977 "Estrada" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1978 "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1980 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United Kingdom

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1987 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances
  • 1988 "Loving Proof" 2nd studio album by Ricky Van Shelton is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • 1989 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Single

2011 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

Birthdays in Music

  • 1593 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1661)
  • 1653 Benedict Schultheiss, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1693)
  • 1663 Pirro Capacelli, Italian aristocrat and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1735)
  • 1706 František Václav Habermann, Czech composer, born in Lázně Kynžvart, Czech Republic (d. 1783)
  • 1777 Ramón Cuéllar y Altarriba, Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (d. 1833)
  • 1795 Charles Zeuner, German-American composer and organist, born in Eisleben, Saxony (d. 1857)
  • 1832 Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, born in Gastorf, Bohemia (d. 1915)
  • 1846 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, born in Brno, Moravia (d. 1883)
  • 1866 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, born in Aigle, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1869 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, born in Herue Hill, Kent, England (d. 1954)
  • 1877 Armand Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1880 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1884 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, born in Vilnius (d. 1970)
  • 1897 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, born in Kherson, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • 1900 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer, born in Virolahti, Finland (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, born in Alfdorf, Germany (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, Alsatian composer, born in Dannemarie, France (d. 1944)
  • 1906 David Sheinfeld, American violinist and composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), born in Moundsville, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, born in Haarlem (d. 1971)
  • 1922 Frank Comstock, American orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1922 William Kapell, American pianist and recording artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • 1922 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer (The Wayward Wind), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1927 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1999)
  • 1937 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish singer and actress, born in Hagfors, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Eric Gale, American jazz guitarist (Negril, Stuff), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1938 Jane Manning, English soprano, born in Norwich
  • 1943 Roek Williams [Willemze], Dutch singer (Roek Williams & The Fighting Cats), born in Amsterdam
  • 1945 Laurie Spiegel, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Mia Martini, Italian singer, born in Bagnara Calabra, Reggio Calabria, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1949 Jan Hendriks, Dutch guitarist (Doe Maar), born in Mill, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
  • 1950 Loredana Bertè, Italian singer and 2nd ex wife of Bjorn Borg, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1953 Jeff Jones, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Red Rider), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Alannah Currie, rock xylophone and vocalist (Thompson Twins), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1966 Nuno Bettencourt, Portuguese-American rock guitarist (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Azores, Portugal
  • 1967 Gunnar Nelson, American rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1967 Matthew Nelson, American rock vocalist (Nelsons-Love & Affection), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1968 Tim Rogers, Australian singer and songwriter
  • 1971 Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese composer, born in Munich, West Germany
  • 1976 Yui Horie, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1976 Yo Hitoto, Japanese pop singer
  • 1977 Namie Amuro, Japanese pop singer
  • 1978 Patrizio Buanne, Italian singer
  • 1978 Sarit Hadad, Israeli singer
  • 1983 Yuna Ito, Japanese singer and actress
  • 1985 David Allen, American composer and writer
  • 1987 Jack Lawless, American drummer for the Jonas Brothers
  • 1990 Marilou, Quebec pop singer

Weddings in Music

  • 2002 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1460 Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  • 1590 Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  • 1630 Claudio Saracini, Italian composer, dies at 44
  • 1647 Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1648 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, dies at 61
  • 1706 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, dies at 79
  • 1823 Daniel Steibelt, German pianist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1886 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1896 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, dies at 76
  • 1897 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • 1908 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • 1949 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer, dies at 45
  • 1957 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • 1960 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Henri Mulet, French composer, dies at 88
  • 1968 Frank Pelleg, Czech-Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1973 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 1973 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1974 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • 1976 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1984 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter (Somebody Elses Trouble), dies at 36
  • 1994 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994 Jule Styne, Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl), dies at 88
  • 1996 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), dies from natural causes at 84
  • 1997 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer, dies at 59
  • 1999 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch out for Zouzou), dies at 79
  • 2006 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, dies at 74
  • 2006 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2014 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84