On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 6

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1791 Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1927 Buddy DeSylva & Lew Brown's musical "Good News" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1954 WINS NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • 1955 "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis

Music releaseMusic Recording

1968 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1969 John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1979 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • 1981 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Paul McCartney releases "Tug of War"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Music concertMusic Concert

1986 300 invitees pay $5,000 to hear Barbra Streisand's benefit concert

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1989 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1990 7th MTV Video Music Awards: Sinead O'Connor wins

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2001 18th MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Marmalade, Eve f/ Gwen Stefani & Moby f/ Gwen Stefani win

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2012 29th MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown win

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna

Birthdays in Music

  • 1620 Isabella Leonarda, Italian religious composer, born in Novara, Italy (d. 1704)
  • 1627 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, born in Paris (d. 1706)
  • 1633 Sebastian Knupfer, German composer, born in Aš, Czech Republic (d. 1676)
  • 1644 Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer, born in Algemesí, Spain (d. 1712)
  • 1648 Johann Schelle, German composer, born in Geising (d. 1701)
  • 1702 Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, German composer, born in Wenigenehrich, Germany (d. 1775)
  • 1781 Anton Diabelli, Austria publisher and composer, born in Mattsee, Austria (d. 1858)
  • 1819 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian and composer, born in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1826 Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, Russian composer, born in Chufarovo, Russia (d. 1894)
  • 1855 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1928)
  • 1869 Walford Davies, English composer, born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England (d. 1941)
  • 1877 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Charles "Buddy" Bolden, African-American jazz cornetist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • 1882 John Powell, American pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Emerson Whithorne, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lovech, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Paul Lavalle, American bandleader (Cities Service Band of America), born in Beacon, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Wayne Barlow, American composer, born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1923 William Kraft, American composer and percussionist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • 1926 Arthur William Oldham, English composer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Keith Humble, Australian composer, born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Tsang-Houei Hsu, Taiwanese composer, born in Changhau, Taiwan
  • 1932 Gilles Tremblay, Canadian composer, born in Saguenay, Canada (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Bob Bouber [Boris Blom], Dutch singer (ZZ & Masks) and actor, born in Amsterdam
  • 1938 Joan Tower, American composer (Breakfast Rhythms), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1938 Henry Diltz, American music photographer (Woodstock; Monterey Pop Festival; album covers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1939 David Allan Coe, American country musician (Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1940 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Monica Mason, England's ballerina, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1941 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), born in Hammersmith, London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1942 Dave Bargeron, American jazz-rock trombonist and tuba player (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Mel McDaniel, American country singer (Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On), born in Checotah, Oklahoma (d. 2011)

Person of interestRoger Waters

1943 [George] Roger Waters, English rock bassist and vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Another Brick in the Wall"), born in Cambridge, England

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • 1945 Petr Novák, Czech musician (George and Beatovens, Flamengo), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Buizen Beernd [Bennie Jolink], Dutch singer and musician (Normal), born in Hummelo, Netherlands

Person of interestSylvester James Jr.

1947 Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)

Singer-Songwriter Sylvester James Jr.
Singer-Songwriter
Sylvester James Jr.
  • 1948 Claydes Charles Smith, American guitarist (Kool & The Gang), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Jo Baker, American blues-rock vocalist (Elvin Bishop), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1949 Jimmy Litherland, English rocker (Mitarbeit), born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • 1952 Buddy [Steven Paul] Miller, American singer, born in Fairborn, Ohio
  • 1952 Jack Waldman, American jazz and rock keyboardist and avant garde composer, born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • 1954 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), born in Orange Park, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1954 Patrick O'Hearn, American rock bassist (Missing Persons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Joe Smyth, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1957 Paul Harrhy, Welsh actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), born in South Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1958 Buster Bloodvessel [Douglas Trendle], English singer (Bad Manners), born in London
  • 1958 Nigel Westlake, Australian musician and composer (Missa Solis- Requiem for Eli), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1961 Pal Waaktaar, Norwegian rock guitarist and vocalist (A-ha), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1961 Scott Travis, American drummer (Judas Priest), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1962 Doug Boyle, English guitarist and composer (Robert Plant; Nigel Kennedy), born in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, England
  • 1963 Mark Chesnutt, American country singer (Too Cold at Home), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1967 Macy Gray [Natalie McIntyre], American R&B and soul singer-songwriter ("I Try"), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1969 CeCe Peniston, American singer (Finally) and beauty queen (Miss Black Arizona 1989), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1970 Paul Miller (DJ Spooky), American electronic and experimental hip hop musician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Kathi Wolfgramm, American rocker (Jets), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries - "Zombie", "Linger"), born in Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1972 Anika Noni Rose, American actress (Dreamgirls) and singer, born in Bloomfield, Connecticut
  • 1974 Nina Persson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • 1976 N.O.R.E. [Victor Santiago, Jr.], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • 1976 Hyun Young, South Korean actress and pop singer, born in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • 1977 Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1978 Cisco Adler, American singer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1978 Tony Thaxton, American drummer (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • 1979 Foxy Brown [Inga Marchand], Trinidadian-American rapper (Ill Na Na, Broken Silence), born in NYC, New York
  • 1980 Kerry Katona, British singer-songwriter (Atomic Kitten), born in Warrington, Cheshire, England
  • 1981 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong Cantopop singer, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1985 Webbie [Webster Gradney, Jr.], American rapper, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1987 Ramiele Malubay, Filipino-American singer, born in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1889 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzo-soprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 2008 Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye
  • 2013 Actor Josh Charles (41) weds ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack at a private residence in Manhattan, New York City

Deaths in Music

  • 1811 Julien-Amable Mathieu, composer, dies at 77
  • 1819 Georg Druschetzky, composer, dies at 74
  • 1831 Johann Ernst Friedrich Wollank, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1937 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer, dies at 65
  • 1952 Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

1952 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, dies of liver and abdominal cancer at 54

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1956 Felix Borowski, British-American composer, educator (Chicago Musical College, 1896-1925), and musicologist (Chicago Symphony, 1908-56), dies at 84
  • 1962 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • 1965 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1966 Luigi Perrachio, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • 1968 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • 1973 William Henry Harris, English composer, dies at 90
  • 1977 Guido Pannain, composer, dies at 85
  • 1977 Paul Burkhard, composer, dies at 65
  • 1978 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1979 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • 1981 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, dies at 88
  • 1984 Ernest Tubb, American country musician (Walking the Floor Over You), dies of emphysema at 70
  • 1985 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • 1985 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1985 Leon Orthel, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1985 Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Crescent City Blues"), dies at 79

Person of interestTom Fogerty

1990 Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • 1994 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • 1994 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies after surgical complications at 50
  • 2001 Carl Crack, German musician (Atari Teenage Riot) (b. 1971)
  • 2003 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, dies at 71

Person of interestLuciano Pavarotti

2007 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio, The Three Tenors), dies at 71

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • 2011 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", dies at 81
  • 2017 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra), dies of cancer at 75
  • 2018 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor (I Solisti Veneti), dies at 83