On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 21

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004 Green Day release their album "American Idiot" in the US

Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt

Birthdays in Music

  • 1527 Matthäus Ludecus, German composer, born in Wilsnach, Prignitz (d. 1606)
  • 1706 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1796)
  • 1728 Louis Emmanuel Jadin, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1853)

Person of interestFrancis Hopkinson

1737 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer (designed the first American flag), born in Philadelphia, British America (d. 1791)

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1760 Gaetano Valeri, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1822)
  • 1817 Charles Balmer, German composer, born in Gottingen, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1832 Friedrich Wilhelm Langhans, German musician and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1833 Josef Richard Rozkošný, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1913)
  • 1843 David Emlyn Evans, British composer, born in Pen’ralltwen, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthen, Wales (d. 1913)
  • 1869 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Marcelin, Poland (d. 1928)
  • 1873 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • 1874 Gustav Holst, English composer (Planets), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1934)
  • 1882 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, born in Khoruzhivka, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Lodewijk de Vocht, Belgian composer, born in Antwerp (d. 1977)
  • 1893 Moses Pergament, Finnish-Swedish classical composer (The Jewish Song Choral Symphony) and music critic, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1977)
  • 1912 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist, born in Budapest (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), born in Kasur, Punjab, British India (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Don Preston, American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), born in Flint, Michigan

Person of interestLeonard Cohen

1934 Leonard Cohen, Canadian writer and singer-songwriter ("Hallelujah"; Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1936 Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter (Patches), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1938 Yūji Takahashi, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Japan
  • 1939 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Tony Moon, American rock songwriter (Dante & the Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 David Hood, American bassist and trombonist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Traffic), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 1944 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1947 Donald "Don" Felder, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Eagles), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1947 Geoff Workman, British record producer and engineer (Toto, Queen, The Cars), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1949 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 2001)
  • 1951 Henk Hofstede, Dutch singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist (Nits), born in Amsterdam, Holland
  • 1951 John "Willie" Wilcox Born, American drummer (Utopia)
  • 1952 Dave Gregory, British rock guitarist (XTC; Big Big Train), born in Swindon, England
  • 1954 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motorhead), born in Hasland, Chesterfield (d. 2015)
  • 1959 Corrinne Drewery, British singer-songwriter (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out), born in Nottingham, Engalnd
  • 1960 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, born in Farsta, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2014)
  • 1964 Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan pop singer and composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay

Person of interestFaith Hill

1967 Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer (Breathe, Cry), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 1967 Tyler Stewart, Canadian drummer and vocalist (Barenaked Ladies - "One Week"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Trugoy [David Jolicoeur], American rapper and producer (De La Soul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), born in Burntwood, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • 1969 Billy Porter, American actor and singer (Kinky Boots), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor and pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Liam Gallagher, British singer and songwriter (Oasis, Beady Eye), born in Burnage, Manchester, England
  • 1972 David Silveria, American drummer (KoЯn), born in San Leandro, California
  • 1974 Taral Hicks, American actress and singer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1976 Jonas Bjerre, Danish rock singer and guitarist (Mew), born in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1984 Wale [Olubowale Akintimehin], American rapper of Nigerian heritage (The Gifted), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1986 Faris Badwan, English vocalist (The Rotters; The Horrors; Cat's Eye), born in Bexley, Kent, England
  • 1989 Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter (Whatcha Say, Wiggle), and dancer, born in Miramar, Florida

Weddings in Music

  • 2013 Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg (35) weds singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom (31) at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1590 Ascanio Trombeti, Italian composer, dies at 45
  • 1809 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, dies at 53
  • 1812 Emmanuel Johann Joseph Schikaneder, composer, dies at 61
  • 1836 John Stafford Smith, composer, dies at 86
  • 1839 Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1953 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • 1956 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, dies at 53
  • 1961 Maurice Delage, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1980 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1987 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1995 Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
  • 2000 Bengt Hambraeus, Swedish Canadian composer and organist, dies at 72
  • 2006 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock musician (King Crimson, Bad Company), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2007 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), dies at 84
  • 2013 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, dies at 93
  • 2015 Ben Cauley, American R&B trumpeter (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger") and Otis Redding plane crash survivor, dies at 67
  • 2016 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), dies at 82
  • 2018 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2018 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 90
  • 2019 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), dies at 70
  • 2020 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93