On This Day

Events in Music on September 4

Film Release

1936 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

  • 1948 "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1962 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • 1965 The Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1965 Rock group The Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 in equipment stolen
  • 1970 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova defects to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in London and is granted political asylum


1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC

  • 1977 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • 1980 Yes performs its last concert at Madison Square Garden
  • 1983 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • 1984 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]
  • 1991 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC
  • 1992 Singer Harry Nilsson makes a rare (and final) concert appearance, joining Ringo and His All-Starr Band for a version of his "Without You" at Caesar’s Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada

Television Debut

1995 Cult TV series "Xena: Warrior Princess" starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor debuts in the US

  • 1996 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrissette and The Smashing Pumpkins win
  • 1997 14th MTV Video Music Awards: Jamiroquai, Jewel & Beck win