On This Day in Music for December 1

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1822 Franz Liszt's (11) debut as pianist Isabella Colbran

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1924 George & Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC
  • 1944 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres
  • 1951 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 1956 "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1958 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1968 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • 1968 Burt Bacharach/Hal David's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1971 Galt MacDermot/John Guare's "2 gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1972 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
  • 1976 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

Music releaseAlbum Release

1982 "Thriller", 6th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1984, best-selling album of all time, Billboard Album of the Year 1983)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1986 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
  • 1991 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin NYC after 32 performances
  • 1991 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 469 performances
  • 1994 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Rapper Jay-Z stabs record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a night club in New York

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Juan de Padilla, composer
  • 1709 Franz Xaver Richter, composer
  • 1712 Bernhard Christian Weber, composer
  • 1724 Dismas Hatas, Czech composer, born in Vysoké Mýto (d. 1777)
  • 1729 Giuseppe Sarti, Italian composer, born in Faenza, (d. 1802)
  • 1779 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer
  • 1781 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer
  • 1784 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer
  • 1787 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
  • 1810 Joseph Gungl, composer
  • 1814 August Rockel, composer
  • 1823 Ernest Reyer, composer
  • 1844 Alfred Cellier, composer
  • 1847 Agathe Grondahl, composer
  • 1850 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer
  • 1874 Dominicus Johner, composer
  • 1883 Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan, composer
  • 1885 Guy de Lioncourt, composer
  • 1896 Petko Staynov, composer
  • 1901 Dorothy James, composer
  • 1901 Ilona Feher, Hungarian-Jewish violinist (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Jean Cartan, French composer, born in Nancy (d. 1932)
  • 1908 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher
  • 1914 Johnny Johnston, singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1919 Ike Isaacs, Burnese-born jazz guitarist, born in born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, composer
  • 1927 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • 1929 Leon Biriotti, composer
  • 1931 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Jim Nesbitt, singer (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Matt Monro, English singer (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Lou Rawls, American vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1934 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Gordon Crosse, Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd)
  • 1938 Sandy Nelson, Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long)
  • 1939 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1944 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • 1945 John Densmore, LA, drummer (Doors-C'mon Light My Fire)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945 Bette Midler, American actress and singer (Beaches, Wind Beneath my Wings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Actress/Singer
Bette Midler
  • 1946 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Irish singer (Alone Again Naturally)
  • 1947 Alain Bashung, French singer
  • 1950 Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and drummer
  • 1951 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1956 Stuart Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face)
  • 1956 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • 1959 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • 1973 Jon Theodore, American musician
  • 1974 David Ludwig, American composer
  • 1977 Brad Delson, American guitarist (Linkin Park)
  • 1978 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter
  • 1982 Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed, British-Pakistani actor (The Night Of), rapper (Swet Shop Boys) and activist, born in Wembley, London
  • 1988 Tyler Joseph, American singer-songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), born in Columbus, Ohio

Deaths in Music

  • 1635 Melchior Teschner, composer, dies at 51
  • 1651 Cristobal de Isla Diego, composer, dies at 65
  • 1707 Jeremiah Clarke, composer, dies
  • 1727 Johann Heinrich Buttstett, composer, dies at 61
  • 1729 Christian Ludwig Boxberg, composer, dies at 59
  • 1755 Maurice Greene, English composer, dies at 59
  • 1808 Anton Fischer, composer, dies at 30
  • 1813 Ferdinando Bertoni, composer, dies at 88
  • 1817 Justin Heinrich Knechtl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1893 Eduard Franck, composer, dies at 76
  • 1925 Vicente Arregui Garay, composer, dies at 54
  • 1926 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1932 Amadeo Vives, composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1945 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, composer, dies at 64
  • 1950 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • 1951 Felix Petyrek, composer, dies at 59
  • 1954 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive, dies at 57
  • 1960 Ion Vasilescu, composer, dies at 57
  • 1968 Dario Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer (b. 1921)
  • 1969 Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • 1975 Nick Kenny, US columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • 1982 Dorothy James, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • 1986 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • 1986 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American Pop and R&B singer ( "Working in the Coal Mine"), dies at 61
  • 1989 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • 1996 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1997 Stephane Grappelli, French jazz violinist, dies at 89
  • 2008 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • 2012 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • 2013 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66