On This Day in Music for September 25

Events in Music

  • 1886 Comedy opera "Dorothy" first produced in London
  • 1907 Jean Sibelius' 3rd Symphony premieres
  • 1948 "Heaven on Earth" closes at Century Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 1965 "Do I Hear a Waltz?" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 220 performances
  • 1965 Beatle cartoon show begins in US
  • 1966 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow

Music releaseAlbum Release

1970 Ringo Starr releases his album "Beaucoups of Blues"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1976 "Porgy & Bess" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 122 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

Rocker Bono
  • 1979 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • 1981 Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • 1984 "Quilters" opens at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 1984 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" opens at Paramount NYC

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow

Music releaseAlbum Release

2007 Herbie Hancock releases "River: The Joni Letters" tribute to Joni Mitchell (2008 Grammy Album of the Year)

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock
Singer Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell

Birthdays in Music

  • 1683 Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer (Traite), baptized in Dijon, France (d. 1764)
  • 1741 Vaclav Pichl, Czech composer, born in Bechyně, Czech Republic (d. 1805)
  • 1785 George Pinto, English composer, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1830 Karl Klindworth, German pianist and conductor, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1862 Leon Boellmann, French organist and composer (Variations Symphoniques), born in Ensisheim, France (d. 1897)
  • 1879 Luis da Costa, composer
  • 1886 Jesus Guridi, composer
  • 1896 Roberto Gerhard, composer
  • 1902 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1906 Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, composer [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1906 Jaroslav Jezek, composer
  • 1907 Jan Felderhof, composer
  • 1908 Eugen Suchon, composer
  • 1911 Lionel Henry Nowak, composer
  • 1914 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist
  • 1916 Tolia Nikiprowetzsy, composer
  • 1923 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Norman Ayrton, opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK)
  • 1927 Sir Colin Davis, Weybridge England, conductor (NY Met 1967-71)
  • 1932 Glenn Herbert Gould, pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1933 Erik Darling, folk singer (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1936 Juliet Prowse, actress/dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1936 Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman
  • 1937 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer
  • 1937 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, born in Zurich
  • 1939 Joseph "Jesse" Russell, US singer (Slip Sliding Away)
  • 1942 John Taylor, jazz pianist
  • 1943 Gary Alexander, TN, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association)
  • 1943 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Eugenia Zukerman, flutist/novelist (Deceptive Cadence), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Owen "Onnie" McIntyre, Scotland, guitarist (Average White Band)
  • 1945 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, composer
  • 1947 John Fiddler, England, rock vocalist/guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1951 Burleigh Drummond, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1953 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
  • 1955 Adelmo "Zucchero" Fornaciari, Italian R&B-singer (Senza una Donna)
  • 1955 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • 1964 Maria Doyle Kennedy, Irish actress and singer

Person of interestWill Smith

1968 Will Smith, American actor and rapper (Men in Black, Independence Day, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor Will Smith
Will Smith
  • 1970 Dean Ween [Michael Melchiondo, Jr.], American guitarist (Ween, Moistboyz), born in New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Daniel Kessler, American musician (Interpol)
  • 1975 Mariusz Duda, Polish rock musician (Riverside), born in Wegorzewo, Poland
  • 1980 T.I. [Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.], American rapper and actor (Bring Em Out, Dead and Gone), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1981 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician

Person of interestDonald Glover

1983 Donald Glover, American actor, singer and writer (Atlanta, Childish Gambino), born in Edwards Air Force Base, California

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover

Deaths in Music

  • 1619 Francesco Soto de Langa, composer, dies
  • 1716 Johann Christoph Pez, composer, dies at 52
  • 1733 Georg Motz, composer, dies at 79
  • 1813 Braz Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 61
  • 1849 Johann Baptist Strauss, elder, composer (Radetzky-Marsch), dies at 45
  • 1860 Carl Friedrich Zollner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1916 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, dies at 44
  • 1920 William F Sudds, composer, dies at 77
  • 1944 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, composer, dies at 43
  • 1959 Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Efim Golishev, composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64

Person of interestJohn Bonham

1980 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

Drummer John Bonham
John Bonham
  • 1985 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Dorothy Dickson, American actress and dancer (Paying the Piper, Danny Boy), dies at 102
  • 1997 Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • 1997 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (b. 1916)
  • 1998 Russell Smith, American composer, dies at 71
  • 2009 Alicia de Larrocha, Catalan pianist (b. 1923)
  • 2012 Andy Williams, American singer, dies from bladder cancer at 84