On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 14

Events in Music

  • 1849 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert in Boston

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1918 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1924 Respighi's symphony "Pini di Roma" premieres in Paris
  • 1925 Alban Berg's first opera, "Wozzeck" premieres at the Berlin State Opera.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Josephine Baker performs in Amsterdam

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1946 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances
  • 1950 Musical "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • 1957 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 678 performances
  • 1957 "Rumple" musical closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1959 The album "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is released, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and becomes the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
  • 1965 "La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1969 "Leaving on a Jet Plane" single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver is No. 1 on US Billboard's Hot Top 100

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1969 One of the most catastrophic flops in the history of showbusiness - the musical "La Strada" opens and closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 1 performance

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1978 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1983 Muscial "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
  • 1995 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" is revived at Criterion Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Film release premierFilm Premier

2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles

Birthdays in Music

  • 1730 Capel Bond, English composer, born in Gloucester (d. 1790)
  • 1738 Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer, born in Velvary, Czech Republic (d. 1814)
  • 1779 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1847)
  • 1783 Johann Christoph Kienlen, German composer, born in Ulm, Germany (d. 1829)
  • 1789 Maria Szymanowska, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1831)
  • 1868 Richard Batka, Austrian music critic and composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1922)
  • 1873 Joseph Jongen, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonie concertante, Op. 81), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1953) [1]
  • 1875 Dobri Khristov, Bulgarian composer, born in Varna, Bulgaria (d. 1941)
  • 1877 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Leiecyclys), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, born in Smyrna, Greece (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Chile, Chile (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, born in Nikopol, Bulgaria (d. 1973)
  • 1902 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Helmut Bornefeld, German organist and composer, born in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, in Alexandrovsk, Russian Empire (now Zaporizhya, Ukraine) (d. 1971)
  • 1909 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), born in Long Beach, California (d. 1965)
  • 1914 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1915 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), born in Kent, England (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Marion Morgan, American singer (Stop the Music)
  • 1927 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Ron Nelson, American composer, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1932 Abbe Lane, American singer and wife of Xavier Cugat (Xavier Cugat Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), born in Wichita Falls, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1942 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), born in Oelwein, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Frank Allen, English rock vocalist (Searchers - "Needles & Pins"), born in Hayes, Middlesex, England
  • 1946 Jackie McAuley, Irish rock pianist (Them - "Here Comes The Night"), born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • 1946 Jane Birkin, British pop singer ("Je t'aime... moi non plus") and actress (Dust; Death On The Nile), born in Marylebone, London, England
  • 1946 Joyce Vincent Wilson, American pop singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1947 Christopher Parkening, American classical guitarist (transcribed sacred music), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Cliff Williams, English rock bassist (AC/DC), born in Romford, Essex, England
  • 1952 Tamara Danz, German singer (Silly), born in Breitungen, Thuringia (d. 1996)
  • 1952 John Lurie, American jazz saxophonist (Lounge Lizards), composer and actor (Down By Law; Stranger Than Paradise), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953 René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1954 Ib Andersen, Danish ballet dancer, born in Copenhagen
  • 1958 Jan Dijksma, Dutch rock bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • 1958 Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc; Waterboys - "Rainbow Warrior"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1958 Peter "Spider" Tracy, English rock tin whistle player and vocalist (The Pogues - "Fairy Tale Of New York"), born in Eastbourne, England
  • 1959 Franco [Iglesias], Cuban Latin pop singer ("Toda la Vida"; "María"), born in Cuba
  • 1964 C. J. Snare, American vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Tim Sköld, Swedish-American musician, born in Skövde, Sweden
  • 1970 Anna Maria Jopek, Polish jazz, pop and world music singer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1970 Beth Orton, English singer and songwriter, born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England
  • 1972 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1973 Tia Texada, American actress and singer, born in Louisiana
  • 1975 Justin Furstenfeld, American rock singer (Blue October)
  • 1977 Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Colombian-Austrian conductor (Houston Symphony, 2014-22; Frankfurt Radio Symphony, 2005-2021), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1978 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Peresecina, Moldova
  • 1978 Martina Filjak, Croatian concert pianist, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979 Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model, born in London
  • 1980 Tata Young, Thai-American singer, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1982 Anthony Way, English singer and actor, born in London
  • 1985 Ren Yagami, Japanese actor and singer, born in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1988 Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress (High School Musical), born in Salinas, California
  • 1988 Awkwafina [Nora Lum], American rapper and actress (Ocean's 8), born in New York City
  • 1988 Yvonne Mwale, Zambian jazz and blues singer, born in Lusaka, Zambia
  • 1991 Offset [Kiari Cephus], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • 1992 Tori Kelly, American singer (Nobody Love), born in Wildomar, California

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 Singer and actress Bette Midler (39) weds Martin Von Hasselberg at Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler

Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1788 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1829 Luigi Marchesi, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1849 Conradin Kreutzer, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1861 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, dies at 66
  • 1886 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish-Russian composer, dies at 27
  • 1914 Giovanni Sgambati, Italian pianist & composer, dies at 73
  • 1923 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, takes his own life at 72
  • 1938 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1945 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, dies at 67
  • 1948 R. O. Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer & music teacher, dies at 62
  • 1963 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • 1965 Hermann Sandby, Danish cellist & composer, dies at 84
  • 1973 Yitzhak Edel, Israeli composer, dies at 77
  • 1989 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), dies in a car accident at 40
  • 1994 Mary Ann McCall, American singer, dies at 75
  • 1996 Norman Hackforth, British musician & radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), dies at 88
  • 1997 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), dies of kidney failure at 51
  • 2002 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor & singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • 2006 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), dies at 84
  • 2008 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), dies at 95
  • 2018 Joe Osborn, American session bass player (Bridge Over Troubled Water), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81