On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 7

Events in Music

  • 1974 "Irene" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 US courts find George Harrison guilty of 'subconsciously' plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his song "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1979 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, New York
  • 1987 "I Want Her" single released by Keith Sweat (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • 1988 5th MTV Video Music Awards: INXS wins
  • 1990 "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater NYC for 6 performances

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1995 12th MTV Video Music Awards: TLC, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, & Madonna win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2000 17th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Aaliyah win

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

2008 25th MTV Video Music Awards: Britney Spears & Chris Brown win

Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj come to physical blows at a New York Fashion event

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
Rapper Cardi B
Cardi B
  • 2018 Eminem breaks 36-year UK chart record for consecutive No. 1 albums with "Kamikaze"

Birthdays in Music

  • 1631 Clemens Thieme, German composer, born in Grossdittmannsdorf (d. 1668)
  • 1635 Paul Esterhazy, Hungarian prince, composer and patron, born in Eisenstadt (d. 1713)
  • 1703 Jean Monnet, French composer, born in Condrieu, Rhône (d. 1785)
  • 1726 François-André Danican Philidor, French composer and chess champion, born in Dreux, France (d. 1795)
  • 1731 Damasus Brosmann, Moravian composer, born in Fulnek, Czech Republic (d. 1798)
  • 1731 Elisabetta de Gambarini, English composer, born in Holles Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex (d. 1765)
  • 1739 Joseph Legros, French singer and composer who was the most prominent haute-contres of his generation, born in Monampteuil, France (d. 1793)
  • 1777 Heinrich David Stölzel, German horn player who developed the first valve for brass instruments, born in Schneeberg, Saxony (d. 1844)
  • 1784 František Max Kníže, Czech composer, born in Drahelčice Czech Republic (d. 1840)
  • 1864 Giovanni Tebaldini, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1867 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor, born in Mineral Ridge, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1880 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)
  • 1880 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, born in Lettin (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, born in Iași, Romania (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, born in İzmir, Ottoman Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), born in Amsterdam (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, Russian singer, born in Kiev (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1969)
  • 1914 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Al Caiola, American guitarist (Bonzanza theme), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Kirill Molchanov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1924 Hugh Aitken, American composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer (A Mother's Love's A Blessing, The Boys from County Armagh), born in Donegal, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden, Wiltshire (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Sonny Rollins, American jazz saxophonist (Blue Room), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer (Missa Mundi), born in Ħamrun, Malta (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (Grits Ain't Groceries), born in Inverness, Mississippi (d. 2005)

Person of interestBuddy Holly

1936 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American musician (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1959)

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1936 Romualds Kalsons, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1937 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1939 [Benjamin] Latimore, American blues singer and piano player (Let's Straighten It Out), born in Charleston, Tennessee
  • 1943 Gloria Gaynor [Fowles], American disco singer (I Will Survive), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1943 Lena Valaitis, Lithuanian-German Schlager singer, born in Klaipėda, Lithuania
  • 1945 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled in Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1946 Alfa Anderson, American R&B vocalist (Chic - "Le Freak"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1948 Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson, American rock drummer (MC5 -"Kick Out the Jams"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Mark "Moogy" Klingman, American rock musician and songwriter (Utopia), born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York (d. 2011)

Person of interestChrissie Hynde

1951 Chrissie Hynde, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), born in Akron, Ohio

Singer-songwriter and Musician Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter and Musician
Chrissie Hynde
  • 1951 Morris Albert [Maurício Alberto Kaisermann], Brazilian singer (Feelings), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1951 Mark Isham, American musician and film composer (The Hitcher), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Ben Bossi, American rock saxophonist (Romeo Void), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953 Michael Byron, American classical composer (Tidal), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Benmont Tench, American rock keyboardist (Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1956 Michael Feinstein, American jazz pianist, singer and Gershwin-ophile (Isn't It Romantic), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1956 Diane Warren, American songwriter (Music of My Heart; If I Could Turn Back Time), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1957 Margot Chapman, American singer (Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1958 Nadieh [Karin Meis], Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1959 Jermaine Stewart, American R&B singer (We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1961 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1961 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French concert pianist, born in Lyon, France
  • 1963 W. Earl Brown, American actor, writer, and musician (Deadwood, Scream, Stovall-Operation Petticoat), born in Golden Pond, Kentucky
  • 1964 Eazy-E [Eric Lynn Wright], American rapper (N.W.A.), born in Compton, California (d. 1995)
  • 1965 Ron Blake, American jazz saxophonist, (SNL band; Christian McBride Big Band; Art Farmer), band leader, composer, and music educator (Juilliard), born in the Virgin Islands
  • 1966 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1996)
  • 1966 Holly Golightly [Smith], British rock singer-songwriter, born in London
  • 1968 Kyle Stevens, American rock guitarist (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals)
  • 1969 Jimmy Urine [Euringer], American electro-punk singer (Mindless Self Indulgence), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 Marie-Agnès Gillot, French ballet dancer & choreographer, born in Caen, France
  • 1978 Adrian [General Austin] Witcher, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1981 Paul McCoy, American rock vocalist (12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • 1986 Spectacular Blue Smith, American musician (Pretty Ricky), born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21)

  • 1996 Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 Actor Patrick Stewart (72) weds singer Sunny Ozell (35) near Lake Tahoe

Deaths in Music

  • 1775 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1819 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1838 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1845 Isabella Colbran, wife of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, dies
  • 1872 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 21
  • 1881 Sidney Clopton Lanier, composer, dies at 39
  • 1902 Franz Wullner, composer, dies at 70
  • 1944 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, dies at 70
  • 1977 Gustave Reese, composer, dies at 77

Person of interestKeith Moon

1978 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 1983 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • 1986 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer, dies at 83
  • 1991 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • 1992 Indra Kamadjojo [Broekveld], Indon/Dutch dancer (Stille Kracht), dies
  • 1993 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, dies of esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1996 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer, dies at 64
  • 1997 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65
  • 2001 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), dies at 86
  • 2002 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • 2003 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56
  • 2005 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer Marianne), dies at 72
  • 2008 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian king of funk", dies of an overdose at 44
  • 2008 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, dies of congestive heart failure at 69
  • 2012 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 84
  • 2013 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 2013 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), dies at 84
  • 2018 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), dies of a drug overdose at 26