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

Music concertMusic Concert

1966 Dmitri Shostakovich'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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Pink Floyd's concept album "Wish You Were Here" reaches No. 1 in the US, goes on to sell 13 million copies

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 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
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
Musician
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
Singer
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 Luís Costa, Portuguese composer, born in Monte de Fralães, Barcelos (d. 1960)
  • 1886 Jesús Guridi, Sapnish composer, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, born in Valls, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)

Person of interestDmitri Shostakovich

1906 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (The Gadfly), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1975)

  • 1906 Jaroslav Ježek, Czechoslovakian composer, born in Prague (d. 1942)
  • 1907 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, born in Busum, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak composer, born in Pezinok, Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Lionel Henry Nowak, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, French composer, born in Feodosia (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), born in El Reno, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Colin Davis, English conductor (NY Met 1967-71), born in Weybridge, Surrey (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1982)
  • 1933 Erik Darling, American folk musician (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 and dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1996)
  • 1936 Booba [Roosevelt Melvin] Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1937 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1937 Thomas Kessler, Swiss composer, born in Zurich
  • 1939 Joseph Jesse Russell, American singer (Slip Sliding Away), born in Henderson, North Carolina
  • 1942 John Taylor, British jazz pianist, born in Manchester, England
  • 1942 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Gary Alexander, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Association), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1943 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Eugenia Zukerman, American flutist and novelist (Deceptive Cadence), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1945 Onnie McIntyre, Scottish guitarist (Average White Band), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • 1945 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1947 John Fiddler, English rock vocalist and guitarist (British Lions), born in Darlaston, Wednesbury, England
  • 1951 Burleigh Drummond, American rocker (Ambrosia), born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1953 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon), born in London
  • 1955 Zucchero Fornaciari, Italian R&B-singer (Senza una Donna), born in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • 1955 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing), born in Highgate, London
  • 1962 Chris Sheldon, British record producer (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Garbage), born in Pakistan
  • 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
Actor
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, Alsatian composer, dies at 43
  • 1959 Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and 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
Drummer
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, dies at 81
  • 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
  • 2016 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies of Parkinson's disease at 82