On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 10

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1882 Johannes Brahms' "Gesang der Parzen" (Song of the Fates) premieres

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • 1927 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1953 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 1965 "Yearling" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 1978 "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 1991 "Crucible" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • 1992 "My Favorite Year" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 37 performances

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2016 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Birthdays in Music

  • 1764 Louis-Sébastien Lebrun, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1829)
  • 1813 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1877)
  • 1822 César Franck, Belgian composer and organist (Symphonic Variations), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • 1823 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, born in Neukirchen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1823 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1912)
  • 1868 Louis Victor Saar, Dutch-American composer, born in Rotterdam (d. 1937)
  • 1872 Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, born in Röhrmoos, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1885 János Hammerschlag, Hungarian composer, born in Prague (d. 1954)
  • 1885 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Walter Rein, German composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1955)
  • 1908 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon; St Francois d'Assise), born in Avignon, France (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Morton Gould, American prolific composer (Verdun), born in Richmond Hill, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, born in Västervik, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Allen Dwight Sapp, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Abelardo Quinteros, Chilean composer, born in Valparaiso, Chile
  • 1926 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian musicologist, educator, and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1937 Don Sebesky, American orchestra leader (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1938 Yuri Temirkanov, Russian conductor (Kirov), born in Nalchik, Russia
  • 1941 Chad Stuart, English rock vocalist and guitarist (Chad & Jeremy), born in Windermere, Cumberland, England
  • 1941 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • 1941 Peter Sarstedt, British pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?"), born in New Delhi, British India (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Ralph Tavares, Cape Verdean-American R&B and soul singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1942 Beer Bossu [Berend Frederik Gertenbach], Dutch actor and vocalist (Pub Chantant), born in Amsterdam
  • 1943 Jessica Cleaves, American singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Eric Boom, Dutch guitarist and producer
  • 1946 Ace Kefford, English bassist (The Move), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1946 Gloria Loring, American actress and singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Ismail "Pops" Mohamed, South African jazz multi-instrumentalist and producer, born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 1950 Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish pianist, composer and educator (University of Limerick), born in Clonmel, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1951 Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer (You Made Me Feel I Could Fly), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1951 Lary Fast, American keyboard and synthesizer player, and composer (Synergy; Peter Gabriel), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1953 Diane Schuur, American jazz pianist and singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra; Heart To Heart), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1954 Jack Hues, English musician (Wang Chung), born in Gillingham, Kent, England
  • 1954 Geoff Deane, British pop singer (Modern Romance), born in London
  • 1955 Garth Smith [Davies], British punk rock bassist (Buzzcocks), born in Tyldesley, Lancashire, England
  • 1957 Paul Hardcastle, British composer and musician ("19"; "Don't Waste My Time"), born in Kensington, London
  • 1961 Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 (Joseph) "J" Mascis, American rock singer and guitarist (Dinosaur Jr), born in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Brian Molko, Belgian-born singer and songwriter (Placebo - "Nancy Boy"), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1972 Dimitri Tikovoi, French pop, rock, and dance musician and record producer, born in Paris
  • 1974 Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes), born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan
  • 1980 Sarah Chang, Korean-American classical violinist child prodigy, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1980 Massari [Sari Abboud], Lebanese-born Canadian R&B singer (Be Easy), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1981 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • 1982 Tim Deegan, Canadian MuchMusic VJ, born in Oshawa, Ontario
  • 1983 Katrin Siska, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1985 Raven-Symoné [Pearman], American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; That's So Raven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1985 Grace Chatto, British electronic-pop singer and cellist (Clean Bandit - "Rather Be"; "Symphony"), born in London

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1947 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21); divorce 1953

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 2005 "Audioslave" drummer Brad Wilk (37) weds "Seven Year Bitch" former lead vocalist Selene Vigil near the frozen waters of Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

LoveWedding of Interest

2005 Country music artist Garth Brooks (43) weds singer Trisha Yearwood (41) in Claremore, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Trisha Yearwood
Country Singer
Trisha Yearwood

Deaths in Music

  • 1618 Giulio Caccini, Italian composer buried at 67
  • 1665 Tarquinio Mercula, composer, dies
  • 1770 Theophil "Gottlieb" Muffat, German court organist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1805 Friedrich Franz Hurka, composer, dies at 43
  • 1826 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, composer, dies at 68
  • 1833 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer, dies at 79
  • 1877 Federico Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1888 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, dies at 79
  • 1910 Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer, dies at 76
  • 1921 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • 1938 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, dies at 35
  • 1939 Wilhelm Grosz, composer, dies at 45
  • 1965 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • 1966 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer & educator, dies at 65
  • 1967 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Carl Cunningham, American drummer (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), killed in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 19
  • 1967 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18

Person of interestOtis Redding

1967 Otis Redding, American soul singer-songwriter ("Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"; "Respect"), dies in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 26

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 1967 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • 1967 Ron Caldwell, American soul and R&B keyboardist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 18
  • 1969 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • 1969 Leigh Harline, American composer and conductor, dies at 62
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • 1986 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 1987 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • 1991 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1992 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, dies at 91
  • 1993 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), dies at 91
  • 1994 George G F van Renesse, concert pianist/music director, dies at 85
  • 1994 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Darren Robinson, singer, dies at 28
  • 1996 Faron Young, American country singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), commits suicide at 64
  • 1996 John Duffey, bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1999 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • 2007 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • 2008 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Henning Christiansen, Danish experimental composer, dies at 76
  • 2013 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83