On This Day

December 1989 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 7 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • Dec 11 Cy Coleman and David Zippel's musical "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater, NYC; runs for 878 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards and 8 Drama Desk Awards

Music History

Dec 25 Leonard Bernstein conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in East Berlin's Schauspielhaus to celebrate fall of the Berlin Wall. Broadcast worldwide to audience of 100 million.

  • Dec 31 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • Dec 31 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 7 Caleb Landry Jones, American actor and musician (Nitram), born in Garland, Texas

Taylor Swift

Dec 13 Taylor Swift, American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning country-pop singer-songwriter ("You Belong To Me"; "Our Song"; "All Too Well"), and Guinness World Record holder born in Reading, Pennsylvania

  • Dec 22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • Dec 1 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • Dec 3 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), dies at 76
  • Dec 5 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • Dec 6 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), dies in a car accident at 40
  • Dec 21 Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Josef Alexander, American composer (Of Masks and Mirrors), dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), dies at 86