On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 23

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 "Kaw-Liga" single recorded by Hank Williams

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Music release#1 in the Charts

1957 "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets reaches #1

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Northern Star and Illinois Univ newspaper start rumors that Paul McCartney is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 1977 "I Just Fall in Love Again" single released by The Carpenters

Music concertMusic Concert

1980 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1982 "Doll's Life" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1993 "Les Miserables" opens at Playhouse, Edinburgh

Music awardsMusic Awards

1998 32nd Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood & George Strait win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Music releaseAlbum Release

2016 Shawn Mendes releases his album "Illuminate", debuts at No. 1 US Billboard 200

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes

Birthdays in Music

  • 1591 Michael Lohr, German composer, born in Marienberg (d. 1654)
  • 1642 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, Italian composer and violinist, born in Modena (d. 1678)
  • 1684 Johann Theodor Romhild, composer
  • 1703 Jean-Marie Leclair, composer
  • 1782 Jacques-Fereol Mazas, composer
  • 1817 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer
  • 1842 Karl Munzinger, composer
  • 1849 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer
  • 1866 Edouard Combe, composer
  • 1870 John Lomax, Miss, folk song collector/ethnomusicologist
  • 1890 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1899 William Levi Dawson, composer
  • 1904 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1905 Jeno Kenessey, composer
  • 1906 Willard F McMurry, musician
  • 1907 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1910 Soulima Stravinsky, Swiss-American pianist and composer (Igor Stravinsky's son), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Alexey Davidovich Machavariani, composer
  • 1914 Norman Cazden, composer
  • 1915 Finn Arnestad, composer
  • 1920 Alexander Arutiunian, composer, (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, born in Smilkov (d. 1986)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1926 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1928 Robert Helps, composer
  • 1929 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster

Person of interestRay Charles

1930 Ray Charles [Robinson], American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2004)

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • 1935 Pierre Marietan, composer
  • 1939 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1940 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1943 Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer (Of All the Girls I Loved Before)
  • 1943 Walter Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1945 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • 1947 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947 Don Grolnick, jazz musician
  • 1947 Mary Kay Place, actress/country singer (Mary Hartman!), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Person of interestBruce Springsteen

1949 Bruce Springsteen [The Boss], American singer, songwriter and rock musician (Born to Run, Born in the USA), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1956 June Forester, country singer (Forester Sister-Men), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1957 Kumar Sanu, Indian playback singer
  • 1958 Danielle Dax, British musician
  • 1959 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • 1960 John Rocca, English funk singer (Southern Freeze)
  • 1964 Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer (B'z)
  • 1969 Patrick Fiori, French singer
  • 1970 Ani DiFranco, American musician
  • 1972 Jermaine Dupri, record producer & rapper (Grammy - We Belong Together), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1973 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian pianist
  • 1975 Layzie Bone, American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  • 1977 Rachael Yamagata, American singer and songwriter
  • 1977 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1979 Red, rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
  • 1984 Louie Stephens, American musician (Rooney)
  • 1985 Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer

Weddings in Music

  • 1996 Oscar-nominated actor of "The Buddy Holly Story" Gary Busey (52) weds former stuntwoman from Dallas Tiani Warden (29) at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas
  • 2012 Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (40) weds singer-songwriter Cheryl Moana Marie at a private Anini Beach estate on the island of Kauai

Deaths in Music

  • 1694 Francesco Passarini, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1700 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Johann Georg Roser, composer, dies at 57
  • 1835 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), dies at 33
  • 1837 Richard John Samuel Stevens, English composer, dies at 80
  • 1896 Gilbert Duprez, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1937 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • 1961 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • 1970 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • 1973 Manuel Borguno, Spanish composer and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • 1974 Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • 1982 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1984 Anatoly Novikov, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • 1987 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • 1987 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • 1987 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1988 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 79
  • 1994 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies at 42
  • 1995 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1996 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 2003 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • 2004 André Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), dies at 53
  • 2006 Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2019 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78