On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 13

Events in Music

  • 1759 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1823 Gioachino Rossini arrives in London

  • 1895 First complete execution of Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1928 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres at Carnegie Hall, NYC, performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Walter Damrosch

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1961 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
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 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 1992 "Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1993 "I Swear" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)

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, French composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1771)
  • 1740 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, German composer, born in Bad Wurzach, Germany (d. 1785)
  • 1770 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1836)
  • 1797 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1819 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, born in Frome, Somerset (d. 1900)
  • 1835 Phillips Brooks, American Episcopal bishop and composer (Little Town of Bethlehem), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1838 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, born in Chartres, France (d. 1873)
  • 1843 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • 1853 Joseph Sickman Corsen, Curacao musician, composer and screenwriter, born in Curacao (d. 1911)
  • 1858 Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Kosice, Czech Republic (d. 1925)
  • 1865 Gustav Luders, German-American composer, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1877 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, born in Selevyntsi, Podolia, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1898 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Yusef Greiss, Egyptian composer, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, born in Ograda, Romania (d. 1970)
  • 1902 Paul Kurzbach, German composer, born in Hohndorf, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1903 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1993)
  • 1906 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Victor Babin, Russian pianist and composer (Vronsky & Babin), born in Moscow (d. 1972)
  • 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 (d. 1972)
  • 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 [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise, I Surrender Dear, Broadway Open House), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1971)
  • 1920 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1933 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Alvin Curran, American composer, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1938 Tony Gomez, British rocker (Foundations), born in Colombo, Ceylon (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Margaret "Marti" Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1946 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American rock guitarist (Steely Dan; The Doobie Brothers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Ted Nugent, American rock guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever; Damn Yankees) and right-wing gun advocate, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948 Davy O'List, English rocker (Roxy Music), born in Chiswick, London
  • 1949 Randy Owen, American country music star (Alabama-Mt Music), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
  • 1949 Tom Verlaine, American rock vocalist (Television), born in Denville, New Jersey
  • 1949 Mark Elf, American Jazz guitarist (Trickynometry), and educator, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1950 Don Dixon, American musician, songwriter and record producer (R.E.M.; Smithereeens; Marti Jones; Hootie & The Blowfish; Marshall Crenshaw), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • 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, born in Kfarshima, Lebanon
  • 1957 Morris Day, American singer (The Time), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1958 Dana Strum, American rock bassist (Slaughter-Stick it Live), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1961 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer, born in Chichester, England
  • 1964 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York

Person of interestJamie Foxx

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 and composer, born in Almaty, Kaszakhstan (d. 2007)
  • 1974 Nicholas McCarthy, German-English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand), born in Blackpool, England
  • 1975 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves), born in Poway, California
  • 1978 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • 1981 Amy Lee [Hartzler], American singer and songwriter (Evanescence), born in Riverside, California
  • 1982 Anthony Callea, Australian singer and songwriter, born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983 Matt Deis, American bassist (All That Remains), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Person of interestTaylor Swift

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
  • 1991 Jay Greenberg, American composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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 Martinez, Austrian composer, dies at 68
  • 1898 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), dies at 72
  • 1919 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1929 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, dies at 42
  • 1942 Eleanor Everest Freer, American composer, dies at 78
  • 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, German church musician and 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 rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2005 Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • 2006 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), dies at 96 [or 101, or 92 - date of birth disputed]
  • 2009 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), dies from injuries after being struck by a car at 91
  • 2010 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • 2012 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), dies at 77
  • 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
  • 2017 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2018 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), dies at 81