On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 26

Events in Music

  • 1835 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" premieres in Naples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)

  • 1898 Victor Herbert and Harry Smith's operetta "The Fortune Teller" premieres at Wallack's Theater in New York City
  • 1904 Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
  • 1927 St James Theater (Erlanger) opens at 246 W 44th St NYC
  • 1957 Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's musical "West Side Story" premieres at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC
  • 1961 "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 1965 Queen Elizabeth decorates the Beatles with Order of the British Empire

Music concertMusic Concert

1967 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Violin concert premieres in Moscow

  • 1969 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
  • 1982 "Doll's Life" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1986 RUN-DMC is 1st rap group to hit top 10 (Raisin' Hell)

Film release premierFilm Premier

2006 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Birthdays in Music

  • 1767 Wenzel Müller, Austrian composer, born in Markt Türnau, Moravia (d. 1835)
  • 1832 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1887)
  • 1841 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, Russian composer, born in Orenburg (d. 1907)
  • 1868 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1928)
  • 1869 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest and composer, born in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire (d. 1935)
  • 1873 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, born in Monticelli d'Ongina, Italy (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, born in Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland (d. 1962)

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

1898 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (Rhapsody in Blue), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1925 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), born in Glendale, Arizona (d. 1982)
  • 1926 Giuseppe Chiari, Italian artist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, born in Kocs (d. 1969)
  • 1926 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), born in Kusel, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1931 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1932 Giacomo Manzoni, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Joe Bauer, American rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941 Salvatore Accardo, Italian violinist and conductor, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1945 Bryan Ferry, English rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in Washington, County Durham, England
  • 1945 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1947 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), born in Grand Forks, North Dokota (d. 2015)

Person of interestOlivia Newton-John

1948 Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress (Lets Get Physical), born in Cambridge, England

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1949 Martin Delray, American country singer (Get Rhythm), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1951 Stuart Tosh, Scottish musician (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1951 Tony Sales, American rock bassist (Todd Rundgren; Iggy Pop; Tin Machine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1953 Dolores Keane, Irish folk singer, born in Sylane, County Galway, Ireland
  • 1954 Craig Chaquico, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Starship), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1954 César Rosas, Mexican singer, songwriter and guitarist (Los Lobos), born in Hermosillo, Mexico
  • 1955 Carlene Carter, American country singer (I Fell in Love), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Darby Crash [Jan Paul Beahm], American punk rocker (Germs), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • 1962 Tracey Thorn, English rock vocalist (Everything But The Girl), born in Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Nicki French, English singer, born in Carlisle, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Christos Dantis, Greek composer and singer, born in Kaisariani, Greece
  • 1967 Shannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon), born in Lafeyette, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • 1969 Anthony Kavanagh, French-Canadian comedian, actor and singer, born in Longueuil, Canada
  • 1972 Shawn Stockman [Slim], American rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974 Boris Cepeda, German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1975 Emma Härdelin, Swedish singer (Garmarna and Triakel), born in Krokom, Sweden
  • 1981 Christina Milian, American actress and singer, born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1984 Keisha Buchanan, English singer (Sugababes), born in Kingsbury, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1987 Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1988 Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

Weddings in Music

  • 1999 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York
  • 2005 Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • 1614 Felice Anerio, Italian composer (pontifical royal chapel), dies
  • 1788 Francois Bainville, composer, dies at 63
  • 1800 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), dies at 53
  • 1808 Pavel Vranicky, composer, dies at 51
  • 1871 Cipriani Potter, English pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
  • 1944 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64

Person of interestBéla Bartok

1945 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1964 Ida Moore, American character actress (Mr. Music; Ma and Pa Kettle; Desk Set), dies at 82
  • 1979 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), dies at 53
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • 1984 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1989 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • 1991 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1998 Betty Carter, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Baden Powell, Brazilian guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2000 Nick Fatool, American jazz and session drummer, dies at 85
  • 2003 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2003 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • 2003 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2007 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)