On This Day in Music for December 15

Events in Music


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 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"
  • 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
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Geri Horner
Singer
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, composer
  • 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
  • 1803 August Freyer, composer
  • 1812 Isidor Dannstrom, composer
  • 1821 Auguste Emmanuel Vaucorbeil, composer
  • 1822 Edward Stephen, composer
  • 1823 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer
  • 1830 Francesco D'Arcais, composer
  • 1842 Henry Gadsby, composer
  • 1857 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, composer
  • 1873 Pongrac Kacsoh, composer
  • 1875 Friedrich Niggli, composer
  • 1879 Rudolf von Laban, Czech/German choreographer (modern dance)
  • 1891 A. P. (Alvin) Carter, Virginia, American musician (Carter Family)
  • 1892 David Guion, American composer (Home on the Range), born in Ballinger, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1892 Jose Maria Castro, composer
  • 1898 Fernando Remacha, composer
  • 1904 Kermit Bloomgarden, producer (Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man)
  • 1905 Ferenc Farkas, composer
  • 1910 John H. Hammond, music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55)
  • 1924 Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)
  • 1928 Jerry Wallace, American singer
  • 1932 Elaine Barkin, composer
  • 1932 Igor Stuhec, Slovenian composer, born in Kremberk
  • 1933 Jesse Belvin, Texarkana Arkansas, rock vocalist (Mr Easy)
  • 1939 Cindy Birdsong, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1939 Nicolaus A Huber, composer
  • 1942 Dave Clark, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1946 Carmine Appice, musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Harry Ray, rock vocalist (Ray, Goodman, Brown), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1949 Adrian Belew, American musician (King Crimson), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 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


HeartWedding 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

Person of interestPerson 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1990 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
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
Madonna

Deaths in Music

  • 1779 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer, dies at 62
  • 1792 Joseph Martin Kraus, composer, dies at 36
  • 1816 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44
  • 1822 Ferenc Verseghy, composer, dies at 65
  • 1861 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
  • 1892 Charles Balmer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1901 Elias Alvares Lobo, composer, dies at 67
  • 1909 Francisco Tarrega y Eixea, composer, dies at 57

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Muller-Hartmann, composer, 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, composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Jan Peerce, [Perelmuth], operatic tenor, dies at 80 following a stroke
  • 1991 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • 1994 Hans de Jong, musician/conductor (Amsterdams Vrouwenkoor), dies at 86
  • 1994 Harry Tobias, songwriter, dies at 99
  • 1995 James Geoffrey Cutcliffe Hepburn, tap-dancer/socialist, dies at 88
  • 2001 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84