On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 27

Events in Music

  • 1855 George Frederick Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1912 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1947 "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 288 performances
  • 1948 "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 36 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 "The Tonight Show" 1st premieres on NBC hosted by Steve Allen

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Music releaseMusic Single

1973 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • 1981 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances
  • 1986 "Give Me Wings" single released by Michael Johnson (Billboard Song of the Year 1987)
  • 1990 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 Lorde releases her debut studio album "Pure Heroine"

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde
  • 2016 American "boy band" pop music group 'Why Don't We' (WDW) forms in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Music

  • 1637 Hieronymus Gradenthaler, German composer, born in Regensburg, Bavaria (d. 1700)
  • 1677 Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, Italian composer, born in Pisa, Italy (d. 1754)
  • 1786 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, born in Morelia, Mexico (d. 1842)
  • 1879 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Heroic Suite), born in Oxton, Cheshire (d. 1970)
  • 1881 Ernest Williams, American composer, born in Wayne County, Indiana (d. 1947)
  • 1881 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • 1898 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), born in NYC, New York (d. 1946)
  • 1909 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, born in Hamm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2008)
  • 1922 James Wilson, English-Irish classical composer (Grinning At The Devil), born in Islington, London (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Mary McCarty, American singer (Babes in Toyland) and actress (Trapper John, M.D.), born in Winfield, Kansas (d. 1980)
  • 1924 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1927 Boris Porena, Italian composer, poet, and writer, born in Rome
  • 1927 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1927 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues Harmonica Player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and educator, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Freddy Quinn [Franz Nidl], Austrian pop singer and actor, born in Niederfladnitz, Austria
  • 1932 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Josephine Barstow, British opera soprano singer, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1942 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind"), born in Muswell Hill, North London, (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Bob Curiano, rock bassist (Mink Deville)
  • 1943 Randy Bachman, Canadian guitarist and songwriter (Guess Who - "American Woman"; Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Takin' Care Of Business"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1943 Maxwell Boyce, Welsh comedian and singer, born in Glynneath, Wales
  • 1945 Misha Dichter, pianist (Tchaikowsy 2nd prize-1966), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1947 Meat Loaf [Marvin Lee Aday], American rock musician and singer-songwriter (Bat Out of Hell), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947 Barbara Dickson, Scottish actress and singer (Answer Me), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • 1949 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian pop-rock singer (Popol Ace; Eurovison Song Contest, 1978, 1982 & 1983), born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Michel Rivard, Québécois singer and composer (Beau Dommage), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1953 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Heather Watts, ballerina (Dancing on My Grave), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1953 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaican reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1958 Shaun Cassidy, American actor/singer (Hardy Boys, Breaking Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Paul Grabowsky, Australian jazz pianist and composer (When Words Fail), born in Lae, Papua New Guinea,.
  • 1961 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1964 Stephan Jenkins, American singer-songwriter and gutairist (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Indio, California
  • 1966 Jovanotti [Lorenzo Cherubini], Italian singer-songwriter and rapper, born in Rome
  • 1967 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, born in Belgrade (d. 2020)
  • 1970 Mark Caldero, vocalist (Color Me Badd-I Want to Sex You Up), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1973 Chris Demakes, American singer/guitarist (Less Than Jake), born in Florida
  • 1976 Dean Butterworth, British drummer and percussionist (Morrissey; Good Charlotte), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
  • 1978 Brad Arnold, American singer (3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"), born in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • 1982 Lil Wayne [Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.], American rapper (Lollipop), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1983 Travis MacRae, Canadian singer-songwriter

Person of interestAvril Lavigne

1984 Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer-songwriter (Complicated, Sk8er Boi), born in Belleville, Ontario

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Grammy Award-winning singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas

Rapper Coolio
Rapper
Coolio

LoveWedding of Interest

2008 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia


Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry

Deaths in Music

  • 1784 Boniface Stoeckl, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1808 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • 1919 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1921 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1935 Alan Gray, British composer, dies at 79
  • 1943 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • 1956 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • 1965 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • 1976 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1979 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1986 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1990 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), dies at 87
  • 1995 Christopher Shaw, British composer, dies at 71
  • 1995 Alexander "Sasha" Argov [Abramovich], Israeli composer, dies at 80
  • 2001 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2003 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • 2003 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • 2004 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), dies at 67
  • 2008 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • 2011 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • 2012 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2015 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies at 75
  • 2017 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • 2017 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94
  • 2018 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), dies at 76