On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 3

Events in Music

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1881 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner

Music concertMusic Concert

1912 Arnold Schoenberg's "Funf Orchesterstucke" (Five Pieces for Orchestra) premieres in London at a Promenade Concert

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg

Music release#1 in the Charts

1966 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Bill Haley & His Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

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1971 John Lennon leaves UK for NYC, never to return

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1973 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • 1989 "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1568 Adriano Banchieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1634)
  • 1695 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1764)
  • 1719 Ferdinand Zellbell the younger, Swedish composer and co-founder of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1780)
  • 1778 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, French violinist and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1832)
  • 1789 Edmund Passy, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1870)
  • 1803 Alexander Gurilyov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1858)
  • 1840 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • 1864 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1949)
  • 1887 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, born in Bywater, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), born in Amsterdam (d. 1996)
  • 1897 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Eduard van Beinum, Dutch musician and conductor, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, born in Witten, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Abel Ehrlich, Israeli composer, born in Cranz, East Prussia (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 2014)
  • 1915 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1921 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • 1922 Rosendo Ejercito Santos, Filipino composer, born in Caridad, Cavite City, Philippines (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Shoista Mullodzhanova, Shashmakom singer, born in Dushanbe, Tajik ASSR (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Rudolf Kelterborn, Swiss musician and composer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1933 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, born in Reutlingen (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Tompall Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1992)
  • 1934 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), born in Gilmer, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1935 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), born in Amsterdam (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Al Jardine, American guitarist and singer (Beach Boys - "Help Me Rhonda"; "Sloop John B."), born in Lima, Ohio
  • 1945 George Biondo, American rock bass player (Steppenwolf), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Mike Harrison, English keyboardist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
  • 1947 Eric Bell, Northern Irish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy - "Whiskey In The Jar"), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Don Brewer, American rock drummer (Grand Funk Railroad - "We're An American Band"), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1950 Aaron "A-Train" Smith, American drummer (The Temptations; Romeo Void), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1950 Doug Pinnick, American bassist and singer (King's X), born in Braidwood, Illinois

Person of interestSteve Jones

1955 Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
  • 1964 Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani singer (Vital Signs 1), born in Karachi, West Pakistan (d. 2016)
  • 1965 Vaden Todd Lewis, American musician (Toadies), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1973 Norihiko Hibino, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1978 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist/musician (Windir), born in Sogndal, Norway (d. 2004)
  • 1979 Tomo Miličević, Croatian-born American musician (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1980 The B.G. [Christopher Dorsey], American rapper, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1980 Cone McCaslin, Canadian bassist (Sum 41), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1982 Andrew McMahon, American singer and songwriter (Something Corporate), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1982 Kaori Natori, Japanese singer and model (Spontania)

Weddings in Music

  • 2011 English DJ and musician Mark Ronson (36) weds french actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 2016 Former Sugababes singer Heidi Range (33) weds Alex Partakis in Tuscany, Italy

Divorces in Music

  • 2010 Pop singer Cheryl Cole (27) divorces England soccer player Ashley Cole (29) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 and a half years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1708 Christian Liebe, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1790 Thomas Norris, English composer, dies at 49
  • 1811 Ignaz Franzl, German composer and violinist, dies at 75
  • 1871 Vaclav Horak, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1914 Lucien-Denis-Gabriel-Alberic Magnard, French composer, dies defending his property against invading German at 49
  • 1944 František Drdla, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1946 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1951 Robert Hernried, Austrian born American composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1960 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, dies at 72
  • 1963 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79
  • 1964 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1970 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27
  • 1971 Dave Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1974 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), dies at 73
  • 1984 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (Girl from Paris, Excuse my Dust), dies at 83
  • 1985 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • 1985 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • 1987 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston, Rothko Chapel), dies at 61
  • 1994 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), dies at 55
  • 2004 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter (I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), dies at 72
  • 2006 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), dies at 73
  • 2007 Carter Albrecht, American musician, dies in a gun accident at 34
  • 2010 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada], English musician (ELO), killed by a rolling hay bale at 62

Person of interestWalter Becker

2017 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker