On This Day in Music for December 12

Events in Music

  • 1527 Composer Adrian Willaert moves from Milan to Venice

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

  • 1912 Rudolf Friml and Otto Harbach's musical "Firefly" premieres in New York City
  • 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

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1969 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 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
  • 1993 WAQX 104.3 (Q-104) rock format replaces WNCN classic format in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1579 Heinrich Steuccius, composer
  • 1630 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, born in Västerås (d. 1702)
  • 1685 Lodovico Giustini, composer
  • 1715 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer (d. 1779)
  • 1835 Georges Jean Pfeiffer, composer
  • 1879 Percy Fletcher, composer
  • 1887 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer
  • 1889 Vaclav Stepan, composer
  • 1900 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Fred Elizalde, composer
  • 1907 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die)
  • 1911 Anna Russell, composer
  • 1913 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park)
  • 1913 Hal Dickinson, singer (Modernaires)
  • 1913 Stanley Bate, composer

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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], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
  • 1924 Francis Miroglio, composer
  • 1924 Nevit Kodali, composer
  • 1925 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer
  • 1928 Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1929 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese musician
  • 1930 Friedrich Voss, composer
  • 1934 Habib Hassan Touma, composer
  • 1936 Bengt Emil Johnson, composer
  • 1938 Connie Francis, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1938 Joel Chadabe, composer
  • 1940 Dionne Warwick, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1941 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress/vocalist (Theodorakis)
  • 1941 Robert Covington, drummer/singer
  • 1941 Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)
  • 1941 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • 1943 Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1943 Grover Washington Jr, jazz artist (Mr Magic)
  • 1943 Mike Smith, rock musician
  • 1944 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5) (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Alan Ward, rock musician
  • 1945 Tony Williams, jazz musician
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, rock drummer (Jethro Tull)
  • 1947 Ralph Scala, rock musician
  • 1948 Ray Jackson, rock musician
  • 1953 Bruce Kulick, rock guitarist/singer (KISS)
  • 1957 Cy Curnin, Londo, England, rock vocalist (Fixx-Sign of Fire)
  • 1957 Sheila E.[scovedo], American singer, drummer and percussionist (Krush Grove, Holly Rock), born in Oakland, California
  • 1959 Belouis Some, rock musician (Neville Keighley-Some People)
  • 1960 Jaap van Sweden, Dutch violinist/concert master
  • 1961 Daniel O'Donnell, singer/Television presented, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • 1963 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1964 Rockin' Jeff, rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • 1967 Yuzo Koshiro, Japanese composer
  • 1967 Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Japanese composer
  • 1968 Tatianna, spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Kevin Parent, French Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1976 Dan Hawkins, English guitarist (The Darkness)
  • 1978 Evren Genis, Turkish composer
  • 1978 Louis (artist), Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • 1979 Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist
  • 1983 Katrina Elam, American singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding 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


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

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Deaths in Music

  • 1772 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer, 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, composer, dies at 67
  • 1920 Paul Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1927 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • 1933 Theodore Moses Tobani, composer, dies at 78
  • 1951 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • 1956 Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 Robert Frank Kurka, composer, dies at 35
  • 1976 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 1978 Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • 1985 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist/road mgr (Rolling Stones), dies at 47
  • 1987 Louis de Meester, composer, dies at 83
  • 1987 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • 1991 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • 1995 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, dies at 95
  • 2006 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)