On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 16

Events in Music

  • 1767 Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1877 Anton Bruckner's 3rd Symphony in D, premieres

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner
  • 1893 Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 - "New World Symphony" premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1926 Darius Milhaud's opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 1948 "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 1950 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1956 "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • 1960 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • 1961 "Evening with Yves Montand" closes at John Golden Theatre, NYC after 55 performances
  • 1966 The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK

Music releaseMusic Single

1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1983 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
  • 1993 "Red Shoes" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Davy Jones (The Monkees), charged with DWI

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

Music releaseMusic Single

2019 Mariah Carey's single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reaches No. 1, 25 years after release

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

Birthdays in Music

  • 1652 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian organist, composer, and priest, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1719)
  • 1748 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, Flemish harpsichordist, organist and composer, baptized in Brussels (d. 1809)

Person of interestLudwig van Beethoven

1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (5th Symphony, Ode to Joy), born in Bonn, Electorate of Cologne (d. 1827)

  • 1775 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, French opera composer known as "the French Mozart", porn in Rouen, France (d. 1834)
  • 1777 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • 1822 Charles Edward Horsley, British organist, conductor and composer, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1825 Robert Prescott Stewart, Irish composer, organist, conductor, and teacher, born in Dublin (d. 1894)
  • 1847 Augusta Holmes, Irish-French pianist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1903)
  • 1869 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethno-musicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Vladimir Golschmann, French-American conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1931-57), born in Paris, France (d. 1972)

Person of interestNoël Coward

1899 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, born in London (d. 1973)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1910 Robert Noehren, American organist and educator, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Stanojlo Rajičić, Serbian composer, educator, and musicologist, born in Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), born in Fatezh, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, born in Palermo, California (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Pierre Delanoë [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk-pop vocalist (Small Yodel Boy), and double bassist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Seymour "Cy" Leslie, American music (Pickwick Records) and video (MGM/UA Home Entertainment) executive, born in Israel (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Josef Hadar, Israeli violinist and composer (Evening of Roses), born in Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine (now Israel) (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Alfred Koerppen, German organist, composer, and educator born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1926 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1988)
  • 1931 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Karl Denver [Angus McKenzie], Scottish pop singer ("Never Say Goodbye"; "Wimoweh"), born in Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1932 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, Soviet-Russian pianist, organist, and composer (The Little Hump-backed Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1933 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, born in Enid, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Jim Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska
  • 1937 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Bobby Porcelli, American Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz saxophone and flute player, born in New York City
  • 1940 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch singer-songwriter, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1944 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1945 Tony Hicks, British rock guitarist (The Hollies), born in Nelson, England
  • 1946 Benny Andersson, Swedish pop composer and musician (ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist (The English Concert), born in Canterbury, England
  • 1949 Billy Gibbons, American blues-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks; ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Legs"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Sugar Blue [Jimmie Whiting], American touring and session blues harmonica player (Louisiana Red; Rolling Stones), born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1951 Robben Ford, American jazz, rock, and blues guitarist (L.A. Express; Yellowjackets), born in Woodlake, California
  • 1959 Stephen Irvine, Scottish rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions), born in Scotland
  • 1963 Jeff Carson, American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Paul van Dyk {Mattias Paul], German DJ, and record producer, born in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany
  • 1973 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese fado singer, born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • 1975 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese heavy metal drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian rock singer and songwriter (Billy Talent), born in Pierrefonds, Quebec
  • 1975 Jacob "Jake" Cinninger, American rock guitarist, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Niles, Michigan
  • 1978 Kaine [Eric Jackson], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979 Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter ("Tornerò"), born in Constanța, Romania
  • 1981 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian pop singer (Nu Virgos), and actress, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1997 Zara Larsson, Swedish pop singer-songwriter ("Uncover"; "Never Forget You"), born in Solna, Sweden

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (31) due to irreconcilable differences

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Deaths in Music

  • 1673 Juan de Padilla, composer, dies at 68
  • 1781 Georg Simon Löhlein, German pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1783 Johann Adolf Hasse, Dutch operatic composer (Sesostrate), dies at 84
  • 1790 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1816 Vincenzo Galeotti [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73
  • 1833 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, dies at 55
  • 1852 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1861 Karol Joseph Lipinski, Polish composer and virtuoso violinist, dies at 71
  • 1870 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, dies at 31
  • 1914 Ivan Zajc, Croatian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1921 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1923 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, dies at 50
  • 1927 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88
  • 1940 William Wallace, Scottish composer, dies at 80
  • 1950 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer, dies at 61
  • 1961 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
  • 1965 Tito Schipa [Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa], Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • 1977 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1978 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, dies of breast cancer at 76

Person of interestSylvester James Jr.

1988 Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

Singer-Songwriter Sylvester James Jr.
Sylvester James Jr.
  • 1991 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • 1994 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, dies of leukemia at 60
  • 1995 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85
  • 1997 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist (Lotta Love; Twins), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • 2001 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (The Skids, Big Country), dies at 43
  • 2003 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • 2005 Enzo Stuarti [Scapone], Italian-American pop tenor (That's A'Nice!), dies at 86
  • 2006 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • 2007 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98
  • 2013 Ray Price, American singer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2015 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91
  • 2017 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), dies from heart failure at 89 [1]