On This Day

Events in Music on August 16

  • 1876 Opera "Siegfried" premieres in Bayreuth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

Music concertMusic Concert

1974 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • 1975 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • 1975 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis
  • 1980 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • 1980 British rock musician Jools Holland quits band Squeeze
  • 1986 "Papa Don't Preach" goes #1 for 2 weeks

Music release#1 in the Charts

1986 Madonna's "True Blue" album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Music releaseAlbum Release

1987 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • 2000 "Hanging by a Moment" single released by Lifehouse (Billboard Song of the Year 2001)