On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 4

Events in Music

Film release premierFilm Release

1936 "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 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
  • 1965 Rock group Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 in equipment stolen
  • 1970 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova defects to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in London and is granted political asylum
  • 1977 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • 1980 Yes performs its last concert at Madison Square Garden
  • 1983 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • 1984 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]
  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC
  • 1992 Singer Harry Nilsson makes a rare (and final) concert appearance, joining Ringo and His All-Starr Band for a version of his "Without You" at Caesar’s Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada

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
Actor Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
  • 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)

Person of interestAnton Bruckner

1824 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", born in Ansfelden, Austria (d. 1896)

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner
  • 1843 Ján Levoslav Bella, Slovak composer, born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Austrian Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1859 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1941)

Person of interestDarius Milhaud

1892 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), born in Marseille, France (d. 1974)

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 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 tenor, born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Jerry Ragovoy, American songwriter and producer ("Piece Of My Heart"; "Time Is On My Side"), 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
  • 1935 Ora Bat Chaim, Israeli cellist and composer born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 1942 Merald "Bubba" Knight, American 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], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in San Diego, California (d. 2019)
  • 1946 Greg Elmore, American rock drummer (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Coronado Naval Air Station, California
  • 1948 Samuel Hui, Hong Kong Canto-pop singer-songwriter, born in Xiguan, Guangzhou, Republic of China
  • 1949 Dado Topić, Croatian musician (Time; Dragonfly), born in Nova Gradiška, Croatia
  • 1951 Martin Chambers, English rock drummer (Pretenders), born in Hereford, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Blackie Lawless [Steven Duren], American heavy metal singer and guitarist (W.A.S.P.), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1958 George Hurley, American drummer (Minutemen), born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Kim Thayil, American guitarist (Soundgarden, Probot), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963 Sam Yaffa, Finnish musician (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1964 René Pape, German opera singer (bass), born in Dresden, East Germany
  • 1966 Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, born in Alsace, France
  • 1969 Alexander Coe, Welsh DJ and record producer, born in Bangor, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Igor Cavalera, Brazilian musician (Sepultura), born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1974 Nona Gaye, American singer and daughter of Marvin Gaye, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974 Carmit Bachar, American musician (Pussycat Dolls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Mark Ronson, British-American musician, songwriter and DJ (Uptown Funk), born in London, England
  • 1976 Katreeya English, Thai singer and actress, born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1977 Lucie Silvas [Silverman], British singer-songwriter, born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • 1979 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese classical, religious, film and video game composer (Requiem to Inês de Castro), born in Funchal, Portugal
  • 1979 Poo Bear [Jason Boyd], American songwriter and record producer (Justin Bieber; Lupe Fiasco; Mariah Carey; Zac Brown), born in New Haven Connecticut
  • 1980 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese pop singer, born in Kure, Japan

Person of interestBeyoncé Knowles

1981 Beyoncé Knowles, American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1981 Lacey Sturm, American rock singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1982 Hildur Guðnadóttir, Icelandic cellist and composer specializing in film scores (Chernobyl; The Joker), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 1983 Yuichi Nakamaru, Japanese idol and singer-songwriter (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1984 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress and singer-songwriter, born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • 1990 James Bay, British singer-songwriter (Chaos and the Calm), born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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 folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78
  • 1991 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1991 Dottie West, American 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
  • 1997 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, dies at 83
  • 1999 Klement Slavický, Czech composer (Sinfonietta No. 4 - Pax hominibus in universo orbi) dies at 88 [1]
  • 2000 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) dies of liver and kidney failure at 53
  • 2002 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
  • 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
  • 2012 Ian Parrott, British-Welsh composer (The Black Ram), dies at 96
  • 2014 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • 2015 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • 2020 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), dies at 85 [1]