On This Day in Music for September 27

Events in Music

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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1954 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • 1981 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances
  • 1990 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 Lorde releases her debut studio album "Pure Heroine"

Singer Lorde

Birthdays in Music

  • 1637 Hieronymus Gradenthaler, composer
  • 1677 Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, composer
  • 1786 Jose Mariano Elizaga, composer
  • 1879 Cyril M Scott, English pianist/composer/author (Heroic Suite)
  • 1881 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer
  • 1881 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • 1898 Vincent (Miller) Youmans, US composer/songwriter (Tea for Two)
  • 1909 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, born in Hamm (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Tauno Marttinen, composer
  • 1922 James Wilson, composer
  • 1923 Mary McCarty, Winfield Ks, actress/singer (Starch-Trapper John MD)
  • 1924 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1927 Boris Porena, composer
  • 1927 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1927 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues Harmonica Player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1930 Igor Kipnis, harpsichordist/professor (Fairfield), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1931 Freddy Quinn, Austrian singer
  • 1932 Mario Bertoncini, composer
  • 1940 Josephine Barstow, opera singer
  • 1942 Alvin Stardust, English singer, born in Muswell Hill, North London, (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Bob Curiano, rock bassist (Mink Deville)
  • 1943 Randy Bachman, Winnipeg, rocker (Bachman-Turner Overdrive-Roll On)
  • 1943 Steve Boone, NC, rock vocalist/bassist (Lovin' Spoonful)
  • 1943 Maxwell Boyce, Welsh comedian and singer, born in Glynneath, Wales
  • 1945 Misha Dichter, pianist (Tchaikowsy 2nd prize-1966), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1947 Barbara Dickson, Scottish actress and singer (Answer Me), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • 1949 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian singer
  • 1951 Michel Rivard, Québécois singer and composer (Beau Dommage)
  • 1953 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaica, reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot)
  • 1958 Shaun Cassidy, American actor/singer (Hardy Boys, Breaking Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1964 Stephan Jenkins, American singer (Third Eye Blind)
  • 1966 Lorenzo Cherubini, Italian singer (Jovanotti)
  • 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)
  • 1976 Dean Butterworth, English musician
  • 1978 Brad Arnold, American singer (3 Doors Down)
  • 1982 Lil Wayne, American rapper
  • 1983 Travis MacRae, Canadian singer-songwriter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Rapper Coolio

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1784 Boniface Stoecki, composer, dies at 38
  • 1919 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1921 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (SHänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1935 Alan Gray, composer, dies at 79
  • 1943 Waclaw Gieburowski, 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
  • 1972 Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide
  • 1979 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, singer/actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • 1986 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1995 Christopher Shaw, composer pianist/critic, dies at 71
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2017 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90