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
  • 1912 W. C. Handy publishes "Memphis Blues", considered the 1st blues song
  • 1945 Baldwin Bergerson's musical "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • 1947 Revival of Victor Herbert's 1913 operetta "Sweethearts" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC. after 288 performances
  • 1986 "Give Me Wings" single released by Michael Johnson (Billboard Song of the Year 1987)
  • 1990 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession in Washington Square Park, NYC
  • 2013 Lorde releases her debut studio album "Pure Heroine"
  • 2016 American "boy band" pop music group 'Why Don't We' (WDW) forms in Los Angeles
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Weddings in Music

  • 1997 American singer-rapper Coolio (34) weds Los Angeles radio DJ Josefa Salinas (37) in Las Vegas; divorce in 2000
  • 2008 American actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds Canadian film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia; divorce in 2011

Divorces in Music

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

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Musicians Who Died on Sep 27

  • 1784 Boniface Stoeckl, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1808 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • 1919 Adelina Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1921 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
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