Events in Music on September 4

Swing Time

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

  • 1948 Bob Hilliard and Carl Sigman's musical revue "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater, NYC, after 308 performances
  • 1962 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI Studios in London
  • 1965 Rock group The Who's van is vandalized with $10,000 worth of equipment stolen; group was inside the Battersea Dogs Home, buying a guard dog at the time
  • 1965 The Beatles' single "Help!" goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 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 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC. after 527 performances
  • 1980 Progressive rock group Yes performs its last concert at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Music History

1983 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's biblical rock opera "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" closes at Royale Theatre, NYC, after 747 performances

Music History

1984 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years on politically motivated charges of currency smuggling [1]

  • 1991 Revival of Frank Loesser's 1956 musical "The Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater, NYC, for a limited run by the New York City Opera

Music Concert

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

Xena: Warrior Princess

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

Music History

2002 Kelly Clarkson is crowned the winner of the first series of "American Idol" TV singing competition series

Walk the Line

2005 James Mangold's biographic drama film "Walk the Line", starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter debuts at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado