On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 5

Events in Music

  • 1946 "Yours Is My Heart" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 36 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1973 "Desert Song" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 1975 Wings release "Letting Go"
  • 1976 "Rex" closes at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1976 "Very Good Eddie" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 307 performances

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1986 3rd MTV Video Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins

  • 1991 8th MTV Video Music Awards: REM wins
  • 1993 "Fool Moon" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 207 performances
  • 1993 "Jelly's Last Jam" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • 1993 Musical "Will Rogers Follies" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 983 performances with 6 Tony Awards
  • 1996 "Summer & Smoke" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 2001 John Cage's musical composition "As Slow as Possible", to be played for 639 years, begins at St. Burchardi Church, Halberstadt, Germany

Birthdays in Music

  • 1600 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, born in Spoleto (d. 1670) baptismal date
  • 1666 Gottfried Arnold, German theologist, historian and songwriter, born in Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany (d. 1714)
  • 1694 František Václav Míča, Czech conductor and composer, born in Třebíč, Czech Republic (d. 1744)
  • 1734 Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1794)
  • 1735 Johann Christian Bach (English Bach), German composer, 11th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1782)
  • 1737 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, German composer, born in Celle, Germany (d. 1792)
  • 1791 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1864)
  • 1792 Alexis-Charles-Maximilien Thibault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1853)
  • 1815 Karl Wilhelm, German composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1873)
  • 1848 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, born in Lérida, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1916)
  • 1867 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Otto Erich Deutsch, Austrian musicologist (Schubert-Brevier), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1951)
  • 1901 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish-Canadian composer (Encounterpoint), educator, and ethno-musicologist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, born in Lenzburg (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Sunnyland Slim [Albert Luandrew], American blues pianist, born in Vance, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Joaquin Maria Nin-Culmell, Cuban-Spanish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Cecilia Seghizzi, Italian composer, born in Gotizia, Austria-Hungary (d. 2019)
  • 1912 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Gail Kubik, American composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), born in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma (d. 1984)
  • 1920 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Krystyna Moszumanska-Nazar, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Carmen Petra-Basacopol, Romanian composer and educator Bucharest Conservatory (1962-2003), born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania
  • 1933 Vincent McDermott, American composer, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • 1935 Helen Gifford, Australian composer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1936 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1939 John Stewart, American singer and songwriter (Kingston Trio, 1961-67; "Daydream Believer"), born in San Diego, California
  • 1940 Lewis Spratlan, American classical composer and Pulitzer Prize winner (Life Is A Dream), born in Miami, Florida

Person of interestRaquel Welch

1940 Raquel Welch, American actress and singer (Myra Breckenridge; 1,000,000 BC; 100 Rifles), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
  • 1942 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Al Stewart, Scottish rocker (Year of the Cat), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestFreddie Mercury

1946 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (d. 1991)

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury
  • 1946 Loudon Wainwright III, American vocalist (April Fool's Day Morn), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1946 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), born in Coatbridge, Scotland (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1947 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1947 Mel Collins, British rock saxophonist (King Crimson), born in Isle of Man
  • 1949 David "Clem" Clempson, British rock guitarist (Colosseum; Humble Pie), born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
  • 1951 Jamie Oldaker, American musician (461 Oceans Boulevard), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1953 Paulie Carmen, American rock vocalist (Champaign), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1956 Roine Stolt, Swedish guitarist (The Flower Kings), born in Uppsala, Sweden
  • 1958 Lars Danielsson, Swedish musician (Summerwind), born in Gothenburg
  • 1961 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian concert pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Brad Wilk, American drummer (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969 Dweezil Zappa, American rock guitarist and son of Frank Zappa, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1970 Liam Lynch, American musician (Sifl and Olly), born in Petersburg, Virginia
  • 1973 Paddy Considine, English actor and musician, born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • 1975 Jamie Spaniolo, American horrorcore rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1977 Alexey Harkov, Russian bassist (Kipelov, Sergey Mavrin), born in Khimki, Moscow
  • 1982 Sondre Lerche, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway

Weddings in Music

  • 1992 Rock singer John Mellencamp (40) weds model Elaine Irwin (23) in Indiana

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 TV and radio host Larry King (64) weds singer Shawn Southwick (38) at the hospital room in Los Angeles, California

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King

Deaths in Music

  • 1629 Domenico Allegri, Italian composer (b. c. 1585)
  • 1790 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, dies at 49
  • 1803 Francois Devienne, composer, dies at 44
  • 1890 Ludwig Deppe, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1910 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), dies at 70
  • 1910 Julian Edwards, American composer, dies at 54
  • 1962 Gertrude E. Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden). dies at 82
  • 1968 Juan Jose Castro, composer, dies at 73
  • 1969 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, dies at 59
  • 1969 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • 1969 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • 1975 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (b. 1920)
  • 1978 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • 1983 Antonio Mairena, flamenco singer (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies at 81
  • 1992 Armen Carapetyan, Americn musicologist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 René Klijn, Dutch singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • 1994 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • 1995 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, dies at 95
  • 1997 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • 1999 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2003 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • 2007 Thomas Hansen (musician) (b. 1976)
  • 2012 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), dies from heart failure at 72
  • 2015 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), dies from cancer at 66
  • 2015 Jacques Israelievitch, French-Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2017 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79
  • 2019 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76