On This Day in Music for December 16

Events in Music

  • 1767 Van Ritter von Glucks opera "Alceste" premieres
  • 1877 Anton Bruckner's 3rd Symphony in D, premieres
  • 1893 Anton Dvorak's "New World Symphony" premieres
  • 1926 Darius Milhauds opera "Le Pauvre Matelot" premieres in Paris
  • 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" opens at John Golden 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
  • 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 (Monkees), charged with DWI

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones

Birthdays in Music

  • 1652 Giovanni Maria Casini, composer
  • 1734 Georg Peter Weimar, composer
  • 1748 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • 1775 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer
  • 1777 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • 1822 Charles Edward Horsley, composer
  • 1825 Robert Prescott Stewart, composer
  • 1847 Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer
  • 1882 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Vladimir Golschmann, conductor with Immortal Downbeat, born in Paris, France
  • 1910 Robert Noehren, composer
  • 1910 Stanojlo Rajicic, composer
  • 1915 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer (The Blizzard, Time, Forward!)
  • 1915 Turk Murphy, American trombonist (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch folk vocalist (Small Yodel Boy)
  • 1923 Werner Haentjes, composer
  • 1926 Alfred Koerppen, composer
  • 1926 James McCracken, American tenor (d. 1988)
  • 1932 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, composer (Humpback Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1937 Jim Glaser, Spalding Neb, singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again)
  • 1937 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1940 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch vocalist/composer
  • 1943 Anthony 'Tony' Hicks, Nelson Lancashire, British rock guitarist (The Hollies)
  • 1944 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Benny Andersson, singer (ABBA-Money! Money! Money!), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1946 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist
  • 1949 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951 Robben Ford, American guitarist
  • 1959 Steven Irvine, rock drummer (Lloyd Cole & The Commotions)
  • 1963 Jeff Carson, American singer
  • 1971 Michael S McCary, [Boss], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Paul van Dyk, German DJ
  • 1973 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese singer (fado genre), born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • 1975 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • 1975 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • 1978 Kaine, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • 1979 Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer
  • 1981 Flo Rida, American rapper
  • 1981 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer
  • 1997 Zara Larsson, Swedish singer-songwriter, born in Stockholm, 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 Lohlein, composer, dies at 56
  • 1783 Johann Adolf Hasse, Dutch operatic composer (Sesostrate), dies at 84
  • 1790 Ludwig August Lebrun, composer, dies at 38
  • 1816 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73
  • 1833 Friedrich August Kanne, composer, dies at 55
  • 1852 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1861 Karol Joseph Lipinski, composer, dies at 71
  • 1870 Stanislaw Duniecki, composer, dies at 31
  • 1914 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1921 Camille Saint-Saens, French composer (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso), dies at 86
  • 1923 Pongrac Kacsoh, composer, dies at 50
  • 1927 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88
  • 1940 William Wallace, composer, dies at 80
  • 1950 Otto Vrieslander, 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, Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • 1978 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • 1988 Sylvester, American singer (b. 1948)
  • 1994 Samuel Lipman, music critic, dies at 60
  • 1995 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85
  • 1997 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • 2001 Stuart Adamson, English-born Scottish musician (The Skids, Big Country) (b. 1958)
  • 2003 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • 2006 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Dan Fogelberg, American singer/songwriter (b. 1951)
  • 2013 Ray Price, American singer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 87