On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 1

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1822 Franz Liszt, aged 11, debuts as pianist in Vienna

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

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1924 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

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1944 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1944 Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1951 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London

  • 1956 "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances

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

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 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
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1968 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • 1968 Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises", based on the 1960 Billy Wider film "The Apartment", opens at Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 1,281 performances, wins a Grammy and 2 Tony Awards
  • 1971 Galt MacDermot and John Guare's "Two 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

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1976 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2005 Musical "The Color Purple" based on the book by Alice Walker opens on Broadway produced by Oprah Whitney starring LaChanze (Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical)

Novelist Alice Walker
Alice Walker

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2018 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

Film release premierFilm Premier

2018 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld

Birthdays in Music

  • 1605 Juan de Padilla, composer
  • 1671 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
  • 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, French opera composer, born in Marseilles, France (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), born in South Hackney, London (d. 1891)
  • 1847 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Holmestrand, Norway (d. 1907)
  • 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)
  • 1910 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • 1912 Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher
  • 1914 Johnny Johnston, singer (Make that Spare), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1919 Ike Isaacs, Burmese-English jazz guitarist, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1983)
  • 1921 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), born in Tipton, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Jaime Mendoza-Nava, composer
  • 1927 Grant Beglarian, composer
  • 1929 Leon Biriotti, composer
  • 1930 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), born Shoreditch, London (d. 1985)
  • 1931 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (d. 1986)
  • 1931 Jim Nesbitt, singer (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Natural Man"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, born in Pont-l'Abbé, Brittany (d. 2016)
  • 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 interestRichard Pryor

1940 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, 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, American drummer (The Doors - "Light My Fire"; "L.A. Woman"), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestBette Midler

1945 Bette Midler, American singer (The Rose; Wind Beneath My Wings), and actress (Ruthless People; Beaches), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and 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
  • 1958 Lisa Fischer, American vocalist and songwriter ("How Can I Ease the Pain"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Billy Childish, English painter, writer and musician
  • 1965 Chantal Chamberland, Canadian jazz guitarist & vocalist (The Other Woman), born in Quebec
  • 1973 Jon Theodore, American musician
  • 1974 David Ludwig, American composer
  • 1977 Brad Delson, American guitarist (Linkin Park)
  • 1978 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter
  • 1981 Marcus Johnson, American jazz keyboard and piano player, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1982 Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed, British-Pakistani actor (The Night Of), rapper (Swet Shop Boys) and activist, born in Wembley, London
  • 1985 Janelle Monáe, American singer-songwriter (Dirty Computer) and actress (Hidden Figures), born in Kansas City, Kansas

Person of interestTyler Joseph

1988 Tyler Joseph, American singer-songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), born in Columbus, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter Tyler Joseph
Tyler Joseph

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Nick Jonas (26) and actress Priyanka Chopra (36) marry at Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, India

Actress and Model Priyanka Chopra
Actress and Model
Priyanka Chopra
Singer-songwriter Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas

Deaths in Music

  • 1651 Cristobal de Isla Diego, composer, dies at 65
  • 1707 Jeremiah Clarke, composer, dies
  • 1727 Johann Heinrich Buttstett, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1729 Christian Ludwig Boxberg, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1755 Maurice Greene, English composer, dies at 59
  • 1808 Anton Fischer, composer, dies at 30
  • 1813 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1817 Justin Heinrich Knechtl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1893 Eduard Franck, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1925 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, dies at 54
  • 1926 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1932 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1945 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American 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 (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1958 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • 1960 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, dies at 57
  • 1968 Dario Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer (b. 1921)
  • 1969 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1975 Nick Kenny, American 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
  • 1989 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • 1993 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter, dies at 43
  • 1996 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), dies of multiple myeloma cancer at 81
  • 1997 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • 1998 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 81
  • 2008 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), dies at 76
  • 2010 Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, dies at 79
  • 2012 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • 2013 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 2013 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2014 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88
  • 2016 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), dies at 94