On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 15

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1815 Gioachino Rossini gets assignment for Il barbiere di Siviglia

  • 1893 Preview performance of Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - "New World Symphony" draws a crowd to Carnegie Hall, New York [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1952 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1955 "Folsom Prison Blues" single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Music releaseMusic Recording

1959 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"

Singer Phil Everly
Phil Everly

Music release#1 in the Charts

1962 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 1965 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London
  • 1966 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1967 The Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
  • 1969 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
  • 1987 First National US Tour of "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
  • 1991 "Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 1993 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
  • 1994 "A Tuna Christmas" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 20 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997 "Spice World" movie directed by Bob Spiers and starring girl group the Spice Girls premieres in the UK

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Geri Horner
Geri Horner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Birthdays in Music

  • 1534 Lucas Osiander, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1604)
  • 1567 Christoph Demantius, German composer, born in Reichenberg (d. 1643)
  • 1574 Samuel Besler, German-Polish composer, born in Brzeg (d. 1625)
  • 1657 Michel-Richard Delalande, French baroque composer, born in Paris (d. 1726)
  • 1667 Ludwig Ernst, German composer, born in Gotha (d. 1739)
  • 1765 Philippe-Jacques Pfeffinger, composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1821)
  • 1801 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, born in Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1812 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Auguste Vaucorbeil, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1884)
  • 1822 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, born in Maentwrog, Merionethshire (d. 1885)
  • 1823 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German organist and composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1896)
  • 1830 Francesco D'Arcais, Italian composer, born in Cagliari, Italy (d. 1890)
  • 1842 Henry Gadsby, English musician and composer, born in Hackney, England (d. 1907)
  • 1857 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, born in Siedlce, Poland (d. 1898)
  • 1873 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1923)
  • 1875 Friedrich Niggli, Swiss composer, born in Aarburg, Switzerland (d. 1959)
  • 1879 Rudolf von Laban, Czech-German choreographer (modern dance), born in Bratislava, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1891 A. P. Carter, American musician (Carter Family), born in Maces Spring, Virginia
  • 1892 David Guion, American composer (Home on the Range), born in Ballinger, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1892 José María Castro, Argentine composer, born in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires (d. 1964)
  • 1898 Fernando Remacha, Spanish composer, born in Tudela, Navarre, Spain (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Ferenc Farkas, Hungarian composer, born in Nagykanizsa, Hungary (d. 2000)
  • 1910 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • 1916 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), born in Irving, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1920 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", born in Windber, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1928 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), born in Guilford, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Ida Haendel, Polish-British-Canadian child prodigy violinist, teacher, and author (Woman with Violin), born in Chelm, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Elaine Barkin, American composer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1932 Igor Stuhec, Slovenian composer, born in Kremberk
  • 1932 Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1933 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1936 Eddie Palmieri, American Latin jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer (La Perfecta), born in New York City
  • 1936 Krzysztof Sadowski, Polish jazz pianist, Hammond organ player, and composer, born in Warsaw
  • 1939 Cindy Birdsong, American rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1939 Nicolaus A. Huber, German composer, born in Passau, Germany
  • 1942 Dave Clark, English rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England
  • 1946 Carmine Appice, American musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown - "Special Lady"), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Stjepko Gut, Serbian jazz trumpeter, flügelhorn player, and teacher, born in Ruma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • 1951 Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
  • 1955 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • 1957 Tim Reynolds, German guitarist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1960 Doug Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters - Davy Crockett), born in Leachville, Arkansas
  • 1960 Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • 1978 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • 1980 Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)
  • 1981 Najoua Belyzel, French singer
  • 1983 Ronnie Radke, American singer (Escape the Fate)
  • 1984 Joshua Third, British Guitarist in The Horrors.

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1944 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John marries 1st husband actor Matt Lattanzi

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

LoveWedding of Interest

1990 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Deaths in Music

  • 1779 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, Spanish theorist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1792 Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
  • 1816 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, Bohemian aristocrat and composer, dies at 44
  • 1822 Ferenc Verseghy, Hungarian poet and composer, dies at 65
  • 1861 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
  • 1892 Charles Balmer, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1901 Elias Álvares Lobo, Brazilian composer, dies at 67
  • 1909 Francisco Tárrega, Spanish composer, dies at 57

Person of interestFats Waller

1943 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin', Hot Chocolate), dies at 39

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller

Person of interestGlenn Miller

1944 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), dies in a suspected plane crash at 40

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • 1946 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, dies at 77
  • 1950 Robert Müller-Hartmann, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1951 María Grever, Mexican-American composer ("What A Difference A Day Makes" / "Cuando vuelva a tu lado"), dies at 66
  • 1953 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46
  • 1972 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • 1973 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
  • 1974 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1975 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • 1986 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 1994 Hans de Jong, musician and conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
  • 1994 Harry Tobias, American songwriter, dies at 99
  • 1995 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Johnny Lytle, American jazz drummer and vibraphonist, known as "Fast Hands", dies of kidney failure at 63
  • 1996 Tristan Keuris, Dutch composer (Sinfonia) dies at 50
  • 1998 Jan Meyerowitz, German-American composer, dies at 85
  • 2001 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
  • 2014 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, dies at 92