On This Day

On This Day in Music for September 8

Events in Music

  • 1953 "Carnival in Flanders" opens at New Century Theater NY for 6 performances
  • 1956 Harry Belafonte's album "Calypso" goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks

Film release premierFilm Premier

1968 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1986 Westinghouse sells background music company Muzak to the Fields Company of Chicago

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1994 11th MTV Video Music Awards: Aerosmith wins with newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley opening the show

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • 1994 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" opens at Criterion NYC for 52 performances
  • 1996 "7 Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • 1996 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

Music releaseMusic Single

2001 Kylie Minogue releases her single "I Just Can't Get You Out of My Head", the biggest of her career

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan

Birthdays in Music

  • 1672 Nicolas de Grigny, French organist, born in Reims, France (d. 1703)
  • 1736 Bernardo Ottani, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1827)
  • 1752 Carl Stenborg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1813)
  • 1756 Anton Teyber, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1822)
  • 1767 Karl August von Lichtenstein, German composer, born in Lahm, Bavaria (d. 1845)
  • 1779 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1853)
  • 1792 Joseph Netherclift, English composer (d. 1863)
  • 1824 Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (Mexican national anthem), born in Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Catalonia (d. 1908)
  • 1826 Disma Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Milan, Italy (d. 1893)
  • 1827 Emil Naumann, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1888)
  • 1841 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (New World Symphony), born in Nelahozeves, Czech Republic (d. 1904)
  • 1863 Gustavo Campa, Mexican composer, born in Mexico City (d. 1934)
  • 1870 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1894 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • 1896 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

1897 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1898 Queenie Smith, American actress and dancer (Funny Side), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Carlos Sánchez Málaga, Peruvian composer, born in Arequipa, Perú
  • 1919 Johan Kvandal, Norwegian composer, born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia)
  • 1921 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2001)
  • 1925 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Heinz Lau, German composer, born in Stettin, German Empire (d. 1975)
  • 1925 Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson, Icelandic composer (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Christoph von Dohnányi, German conductor, born in Berlin

Person of interestPatsy Cline

1932 Patsy Cline, American country singer (Crazy), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1963)

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1933 Eric Salzman, American composer (New Musical Theater), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Asha Bhonsle, Indian playback singer, born in Sangli, British India
  • 1934 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), born in Manchester, England (d. 2016)
  • 1935 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941 Donald "Dante" Drowty, American singer (The Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1942 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1972)
  • 1942 Sal Valentino [Salvatore Willard Spampinato], American rock musician (the Beau Brummels), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1944 Peter Bellamy, English folk singer, born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Kelly Groucutt, English musician ( Electric Light Orchestra ), born in Coseley, England (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in San Bruno, California (d. 1973)
  • 1946 Dean Daughtry, American rock keyboardist (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Kinston, Alabama
  • 1947 Valery Afanassiev, Russian pianist and conductor, born in Moscow
  • 1950 Will Lee, American bassist (Late Show with David Letterman), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1951 Nikos Karvelas, Greek composer and songwriter, born in Piraeus, Attica, Greece
  • 1952 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), born in Alyth, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1956 Frank Tovey, British musician, born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1958 David Lewis, American guitarist (Atlantic Starr-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1958 Michael Lardie, American musician (Night Ranger), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1959 Daler Nazarov, Tajik composer and actor, born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR
  • 1960 David Steele, English musician (The Beat, Fine Young Cannibals), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1960 Aimee Mann, American musician (Save Me), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1962 René Klijn, Dutch singer (Mr Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1964 Joachim Nielsen, Norwegian musician (Jokke & Valentinerne), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2000)
  • 1966 Carola Häggkvist, Swedish singer and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1966 Peter Furler, Australian musician (Newsboys), born in McLaren Vale, Australia
  • 1970 Neko Case, American musician (The New Pornographers), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1975 Richard Hughes, English musician (Keane), born in Gravesend, Kent, England
  • 1976 Brendan Kelly, American musician (The Lawrence Arms)

Person of interestPink

1979 Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], American singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Singer Pink
  • 1989 Wiz Khalifa [Cameron Thomaz] American rapper (See You Again), born in Minot, North Dakota

Person of interestAvicii

1989 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer (Levels, Wake Me Up, Sunshine), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2018)

DJ and Record Producer Avicii
DJ and Record Producer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Grammy nominated singer Jenni Rivera (41) weds MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza (38) at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera

LoveWedding of Interest

2014 Actress Ashley Tisdale (29) weds singer Christopher French at a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale

Divorces in Music

  • 2009 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (36) divorces glamour model Katie Price (31) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1613 Don Carlo Gesauldo, composer, dies
  • 1637 Robert Fludd, composer, dies at 63
  • 1706 Romanus Weichlein, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • 1819 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1831 John Aitken, Scottish-born music publisher (b. 1745)
  • 1838 Pietro Rovelli, composer, dies at 45
  • 1871 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, composer, dies at 57
  • 1879 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 58
  • 1899 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, composer, dies at 78
  • 1917 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Jan van Gilse, composer/Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 63
  • 1949 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra), dies at 85
  • 1976 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 1976 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, dies at 81
  • 1978 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • 1984 Rene Bernier, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • 1985 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • 1991 Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata), dies of cancer at 80
  • 1991 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • 1994 Edna Manilow, mother of singer Barry Manilow, dies at 70 of cancer
  • 1999 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, dies at 83
  • 2010 Rich Cronin, American singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • 2014 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • 2016 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), dies at 78
  • 2017 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), dies from emphysema at 78