On This Day in Music for December 10

Events in Music

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1991 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 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
Singer-Songwriter
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, 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)
  • 1855 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 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 Mario Varvoglis, Greek composer, born in Brussels (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Walter Rein, German composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1955)
  • 1908 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon), 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 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)
  • 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
  • 1951 Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer
  • 1953 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1954 Jack Hues, English musician
  • 1957 Paul Hardcastle, British composer and musician (Don't Waste My Time, Just for Money), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Nia Peeples, [Vernia], dancer/host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 J Mascis, American musician
  • 1972 Brian Molko, Belgian-born singer and songwriter (Placebo)
  • 1972 Dimitri Tikovoi, French-born record producer
  • 1974 Meg White, American drummer (The White Stripes), born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan
  • 1980 Sarah Chang, American violinist
  • 1980 Massari, Lebanese-born Canadian singer
  • 1981 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • 1982 Tim Deegan, Canadian MuchMusic VJ
  • 1983 Katrin Siska, Estonian singer
  • 1985 Raven-Symoné [Pearman], American actress and singer (The Cosby Show; That's So Raven), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding 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

Deaths in Music

  • 1618 Giulio Caccini, Italian composer
  • 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, 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, 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, composer, dies at 65
  • 1967 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Carl Cunningham, rocker (Bar-kays), killed in a plane crash
  • 1967 Jimmy King, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • 1967 Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter (Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay), dies in a plane crash at 26
  • 1967 Phalin Jones, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in plane crash
  • 1967 Ron Caldwell, rocker (Bar-kays), dies in a plane crash
  • 1969 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • 1969 Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • 1986 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 1987 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • 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, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
  • 1996 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • 1997 Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
  • 1997 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • 1999 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • 2008 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • 2013 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83