On This Day in Music for December 15

Events in Music

  • 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]
  • 1944 Bandleader Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel
  • 1952 "Two's Company" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • 1955 "Folsom Prison Blues" single released by Johnny Cash (Billboard Song of the Year 1968)
  • 1959 Everly Brothers record "Let It Be Me", an English translation of by Gilbert Bécaud's French song "Je t'appartiens"; reaches No. 7 on the charts
  • 1965 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London
  • 1966 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
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Musicians Born on Dec 15

  • 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 organist and baroque composer (De Profundis), born in Paris (d. 1726)
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Weddings in Music

  • 1944 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.
  • 1984 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John marries 1st husband actor Matt Lattanzi
  • 1990 British singer Rod Stewart (45) weds American supermodel Rachel Hunter (21); divorce in 2006

Divorces in Music

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

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