On This Day in Music for September 4

Events in Music

  • 1948 "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1962 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • 1965 Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1970 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova gets political asylum
  • 1977 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • 1983 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • 1984 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1996 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrisett & Smashing Pumpkins win
  • 1997 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win

Birthdays in Music

  • 1622 Jacob Hintze, German composer, born in Bernau (d. 1702)
  • 1815 Mihály Mosonyi, Hungarian composer, born in Boldogasszony, Austria-Hungary (d. 1870)
  • 1816 François Bazin, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1878)
  • 1824 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", born in Ansfelden, Austria (d. 1896)
  • 1843 Ján Levoslav Bella, Slovak composer, born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Austrian Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1859 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), born in Marseille, France (d. 1974)
  • 1896 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), born in Marseille, France (d. 1948)
  • 1906 Alexander Moyzes, Slovak composer, born in Kláštor pod Znievom, Slovensko (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Antanas Račiūnas, Lithuanian composer, born in Užliaušiai, Lithuania (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Karel Horky, Czech composer, born in Stemechy (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Rudolf Schock, German opera singer, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Jerry Ragovoy, American songwriter and producer (Wonderful Dream), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Mitzi Gaynor [Francesca von Gerber], American actress, singer and dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Merald "Bubba" Knight, singer (Gladys Knights & Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 Gene Parsons, American rock drummer (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Morongo Valley, California
  • 1945 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • 1946 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Gary Duncan, [Grubb], rock guitarist (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946 Greg Elmore, rock drummer (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 Samuel Hui, Hong Kong singer
  • 1949 [Adolf] Dado Topić, Croatian musician (Time, Dragonfly), born in Siverić)
  • 1951 Martin Chambers, rock drummer (Pretenders)
  • 1956 Blackie Lawless, American musician, lead singer in W.A.S.P.
  • 1958 George Hurley, American drummer (Minutemen)
  • 1960 Kim Thayil, American guitarist (Soundgarden, Probot)
  • 1963 Sam Yaffa, Finnish musician (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls)
  • 1966 Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, born in Alsace
  • 1969 Alexander Coe, Welsh DJ and record producer
  • 1970 Igor Cavalera, Brazilian pop drummer (Sepultura)
  • 1974 Nona Gaye, American singer and daughter of Marvin Gaye, born in Washington D.C.
  • 1974 Carmit Bachar, American musician (Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1976 Katreeya English, Thai singer, actress, model
  • 1977 Lucie Silvas, English musician
  • 1979 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese composer
  • 1980 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese singer

Person of interestBeyoncé Knowles

1981 Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1981 Lacey Sturm, American singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1984 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress, singer and composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Tennis star Björn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1996 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 2004 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • 2009 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Music

  • 1759 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, dies at 80
  • 1853 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1903 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Peer Gynt Suite), dies at 64
  • 1937 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • 1977 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek musician (b. 1899)
  • 1991 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1991 Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • 1991 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • 1994 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 64
  • 1995 Chuck Greenberg, new age musician (Shadowfax), dies at 45
  • 1997 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • 2002 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • 2003 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), dies at 82
  • 2003 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • 2014 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • 2015 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • 2016 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), dies at 53