On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 12

Events in Music

  • 1527 Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1792 In Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn

  • 1900 National Negro Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing", composed
  • 1912 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920 Maurice Ravel's ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

Music concertMusic Concert

1926 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Piano concert premieres in Leningrad

  • 1965 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • 1968 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • 1981 "1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 1982 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" closes at Ambassador NYC after 6 performances
  • 1993 "Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • 1993 "Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances
  • 2004 On This Day launches MusicOrb.com and TodayinSport.com, separate sites for music and sports history, now our music and sport channels

Birthdays in Music

  • 1579 Heinrich Steuccius, German composer, born in Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1645)
  • 1630 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, born in Västerås (d. 1702)
  • 1685 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1743)
  • 1715 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1779)
  • 1835 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1908)
  • 1879 Percy Fletcher, British composer, born in Derby (d. 1932)
  • 1887 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, born in Pečky, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Sammy Davis Sr., American dancer (Mr. Wonderful), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, born in Manila (d. 1979)
  • 1907 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (d. 2015)
  • 1913 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1970)
  • 1913 Stanley Bate, English composer, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1959)

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1915 Frank Sinatra, American singer (Strangers in the Night, My Way) and actor (From Here to Eternity) known as 'old blue eyes', born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1918 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1923 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Francis Miroglio, French composer (Extensions), born in Marseille, France (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Nevit Kodallı, Turkish composer, born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1930 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • 1933 Manu Dibango, Cameroonian musician (Soul Makossa), born in Douala, French Cameroon (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Habib Hassan Touma, Palestinian composer, born in Nazareth, Israel (d. 1998)
  • 1936 Bengt Emil Johnson, Swedish author and composer, born in Saxdalen, Sweden (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), born in Caruthersville, Missouri (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1937 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1937 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Joel Chadabe, American composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Dionne Warwick, American singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1941 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress and vocalist (Theodorakis), born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies
  • 1941 Terry Kirkman, American rock vocalist and keyboardist (Association), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1941 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Dickey Betts, American guitarist (The Allman Brothers band - Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1943 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Alan Ward, English rock musician, born in Nottingham, England
  • 1945 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1946 Denny Dias, American rock guitarist (Steely Dan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Ray Jackson, English rock musician, born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • 1950 Richard Galliano, French jazz, tango, and classical accordionist, born in Cannes, France
  • 1953 Bruce Kulick, American rock guitarist and singer (KISS), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 Cy Curnin, English rock vocalist (The Fixx - "One Thing Leads To Another"; "Saved By Zero"), born in Wimbledon, England
  • 1957 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • 1959 Belouis Some, British rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People), born in England
  • 1960 Jaap van Zweden, Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Amsterdam
  • 1961 Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • 1963 Eric Schenkman, American-Canadian rock and blues guitarist (Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite), born in Massachusetts
  • 1964 Rockin' Jeff [Jeff Aaron Brown], British rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • 1967 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese video game music composer, born in Hino, Tokyo
  • 1967 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1968 Tatianna, Spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Kevin Parent, French Canadian singer and songwriter, born in Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
  • 1976 Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness), born in Chertsey, England
  • 1978 Evren Genis, Turkish composer, born in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1978 Louis, Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • 1979 Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist, born in Emmelev, Djursland, Denmark
  • 1983 Katrina Elam, American country music singer, born in Bray, Oklahoma

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 13, while still married to his 1st wife Jane Mitcham

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2014 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon

Deaths in Music

  • 1772 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, German composer, violinist, dies at 41
  • 1788 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, dies at 88
  • 1812 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1836 Giuseppe Farinelli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1920 Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1927 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • 1933 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1951 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • 1956 Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), dies of leukemia at 35
  • 1976 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • 1976 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 1978 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • 1985 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1985 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1987 Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), dies at 83
  • 1987 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • 1987 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1991 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • 1991 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1993 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • 1995 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, dies at 95
  • 1997 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies at 88
  • 2004 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), dies at 79
  • 2006 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 2007 Ike Turner, American musician (Ike and Tina Turner - A Fool in Love), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • 2011 John Gardner, English classical composer, dies at 94
  • 2013 Zbigniew Karkowski, Polish composer and experimental musician (Sensorband), dies of pancreatic cancer at 55
  • 2017 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), dies from ill health at 62
  • 2019 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • 2020 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), dies of Covid-19 complications at 86 [1]