On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 11

Events in Music

  • 1882 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1947 Bob Hilliard and Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for clarinet, premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1951 "The Wild Side of Life" single recorded by Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys (Billboard Song of the Year 1952)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball

Music release#1 in the Charts

1961 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1965 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1965 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1967 Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group - Grapefruit
  • 1984 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 performances
  • 1989 "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • 1997 "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1566 Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer, born in Fronteira (d. 1650)
  • 1676 Johann Georg Weichenberger, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1740)
  • 1757 Charles Wesley, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1834)
  • 1758 Carl Friedrich Zelter, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1832)
  • 1793 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, born in Enna, Italy (d. 1877)

Person of interestHector Berlioz

1803 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphonie fantastique), born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1869)

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
  • 1838 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, born in Mendon, Massachusetts (d. 1889)
  • 1855 Julian Edwards, American composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1910)
  • 1868 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Swedish composer, born in Söderhamn, Sweden (d. 1948)
  • 1876 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), born in Vishnyeva, Russian Empire (now Belarus) (d. 1909)

Person of interestCarlos Gardel

1890 Carlos Gardel, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1935)

  • 1905 Koos van de Griend, Dutch composer, born in Kampen, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • 1906 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • 1907 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1908 Elliott Carter, American classical composer and winner of two Pulitzer prizes, born in New York City (d. 2012)
  • 1910 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1937)
  • 1917 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, born in Peristeri, Athens (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1930 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), born in London (d. 1994)

Person of interestRita Moreno

1931 Rita Moreno [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 1938 Enrico Macias, Algerian-French singer, born in Constantine, Algeria
  • 1938 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1939 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1941 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Bilthoven, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1944 Brenda Lee, American singer (I'm Sorry), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944 David Ashley White, American composer and educator, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944 Jon Garrison, American tenor, born in Higginsville, Missouri
  • 1948 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1948 Chester Thompson, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Frank Zappa; Genesis; Chester Thompson Trio), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1954 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "Let's Get Serious"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1954 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic musician, born in Iceland
  • 1954 Vicki Randle, American singer-songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1958 Nikki Sixx [Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.], American musician (Mötley Crüe), born in San Jose, California
  • 1960 Rachel Portman, English film score composer (Emma; Chocolat), born in Haslemere, England
  • 1961 Darryl Jones, American bass player (Sting; Rolling Stones, 1993-present), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Curtis "Fitz" Williams, American keyboard player (Kool & The Gang)
  • 1962 Paul Haslinger, Austrian musician and composer, born in Linz, Austria
  • 1962 Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer (Zabranjeno pušenje), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1963 Jon Brion, American musician and record producer, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1964 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist and bassist (Del Amitri - "Roll To Me"), born in Glasgow
  • 1964 Dave Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1964 Cosy Sheridan, American singer (The Pomegranate Seed), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1966 Martin Blunt, British rock bassist (The Charlatans - "The Only One I Know"), born in West Midlands, England
  • 1966 Terry Sharpe, Irish rocker (The Adventures, Starjets-Starjets), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1966 Leon Lai, Chinese-born Hong Kong actor and singer, born in Beijing, China
  • 1967 DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A), born in Compton, California
  • 1973 Valentina Lisitsa, Ukrainian-American concert, pianist born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  • 1981 Zacky Vengeance [Baker], American rock guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1983 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range), born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • 1987 Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer, born in Chișinău, Moldova

Person of interestHailee Steinfeld

1996 Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock 'n' roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 2010 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1831 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, dies at 55
  • 1857 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73
  • 1911 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, dies at 92
  • 1955 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51
  • 1964 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), shot to death at 33
  • 1967 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • 1967 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), dies at 75
  • 1975 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1983 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • 1992 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician ("I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)"), dies at 94
  • 1995 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • 1995 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 75
  • 1995 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, dies at 69
  • 1998 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), dies in a car accident at 30
  • 1999 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 58
  • 2002 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 80
  • 2004 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), dies at 88
  • 2007 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)

Person of interestRavi Shankar

2012 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
  • 2014 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85