On This Day in Music for December 13

Events in Music

  • 1759 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia)
  • 1895 First complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony
  • 1947 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International NYC after 11 performances
  • 1950 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1961 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • 1961 Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller

Film release premierFilm Premier

1961 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • 1963 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
  • 1979 "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • 1980 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1990 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1992 "Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1994 "The Hits" 2nd compilation album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1995)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks

Music releaseAlbum Release

2013 "Beyoncé" 5th studio album by Beyoncé is released


Birthdays in Music

  • 1732 Jean-Claude Trial, composer
  • 1740 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer
  • 1770 John Clarke-Whitfeld, composer
  • 1797 Heinrich Heine, German poet/lyricist (Schubert, Liszt)
  • 1819 Edwin George Monk, composer
  • 1835 Phillips Brooks, Episcopal bishop/composer (Little Town of Bethlehem)
  • 1838 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, composer
  • 1843 George Stephanescu, composer
  • 1850 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1853 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao, musician/composer/screenwriter
  • 1858 Jakab Gyula Major, composer
  • 1865 Gustav Luders, composer
  • 1877 Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, composer
  • 1889 Clarence Loomis, composer
  • 1898 Daniel Lazarus, French composer (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Yusef Greiss, composer
  • 1900 Jonel Perlea, composer
  • 1902 Paul Kurzbach, composer
  • 1903 Carlos Montoya, guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1906 Ingemar Liljefors, composer
  • 1908 Victor Babin, composer
  • 1910 Lillian Roth [Rutstein],American singer and actress (Animal Crackers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 George "Tiger" Haynes, American jazz musician (The Three Flames) and actor (In the Heat of the Night, The Wiz), born in Frederiksted, St. Croix (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Dave Street, actor/singer (Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1920 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (Sound of Music, Doll's House), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1938 Alvin Curran, composer
  • 1938 Tony Gomez, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1943 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (d. 2002)
  • 1946 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American guitarist (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Deacon Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Ted Nugent, guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever, Damn Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 Randy Owen, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • 1949 Tom Verlaine, [Miller], Mt Morris NJ, rock vocalist (Television)
  • 1949 Walter "Clyde" Owen, rocker
  • 1950 Davey O'List, rocker (Roxy Music)
  • 1954 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1954 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1956 Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer
  • 1957 Morris Day, American singer (The Time)
  • 1958 Dana Strum, rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer
  • 1964 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Jamie Foxx, American actor (Ray, In Living Color) comedian and musician, born in Terrell, Texas

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • 1969 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Nicholas McCarthy, English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1975 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves)
  • 1978 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1981 Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)
  • 1982 Anthony Callea, Australian singer/songwriter
  • 1983 Matt Deis, American bassist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989 Taylor Swift, American singer/songwriter (Our Song), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • 1991 Jay Greenberg, American composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2003 Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (68) weds Nicoletta Mantovani at Modena Italy's Teatro Comunale

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Deaths in Music

  • 1622 Jan Campanus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1738 Gotthard Wagner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1793 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer, dies at 63
  • 1812 Marianne von Martinez, composer, dies at 68
  • 1898 George Frederick Bristow, composer, dies at 72
  • 1919 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1929 Knut Algot Hakanson, composer, dies at 42
  • 1942 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer, dies at 78
  • 1945 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer, dies at 83
  • 1951 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • 1962 Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)
  • 1963 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1968 Siegfried Reda, composer, dies at 52
  • 1981 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • 1992 Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
  • 1995 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1996 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • 2001 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • 2002 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • 2005 Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • 2010 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • 2014 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • 2016 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69