On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 17

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1865 Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished Symphony" premieres in Vienna with Johann von Herbeck conducting

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1949 "Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1953 Dmitri Shostakovich's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
  • 1960 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
  • 1960 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances
  • 1962 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)

Music concertMusic Concert

1965 The Houston Astrodome opens; 1st event is a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes as opening act

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1983 "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1992 "Christmas Carol" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • 1995 "School after Scandal" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • 1996 "In My Bed" single released by Dru Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 1997)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
John Williams
Actor Adam Driver
Adam Driver

Birthdays in Music

  • 1734 Georg Peter Weimar, German cantor and composer, born in Stotternheim (d. 1800)
  • 1749 Domenico Cimarosa, Italian composer (Il Matrimonio Segreto), born in Aversa, Italy (d. 1801)
  • 1770 Johann Friedrich Schubert, German composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • 1838 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1897)
  • 1840 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Frederick Grant Gleason, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1903)
  • 1861 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1863 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, born in Mânerău, Arad district (d. 1931)
  • 1864 (John) Felix Körling, Swedish composer and conductor, born in Kristdala, Sweden (d. 1937)
  • 1869 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, composer
  • 1894 Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Lucijan Marija Škerjajanc, Slovene pianist/composer/conductor/teacher, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Fernando Lopez-Garcia, composer
  • 1908 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer
  • 1910 Melvin "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!"), and bandleader, born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1988) [1]
  • 1915 André Claveau, French pop singer and actor (Dors, mon amour), born in Paris; (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Louis Salvador Palange, composer
  • 1922 Hubert H A Beckers, Curacaoan opera singer
  • 1924 Sándor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Rijk de Gooyer, Dutch actor, comedian and singer (Black Rider, Rififi in Amsterdam), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Makoto Moroi, composer
  • 1936 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • 1937 Art Neville, American vocalist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1938 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1939 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations - "The Way You Do the Things You Do" ;, "Just My Imagination"), born in Union Springs, Alabama (d. 1992)
  • 1939 James Booker, American R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1942 Paul Butterfield, American blues singer and harmonica player (Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Better Days), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1943 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • 1943 William Brooks, composer, educator, and musicologist
  • 1943 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and avant-garde, symphonic rock, and film score composer, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1944 Giedrė Lukšaitė-Mrázková, Lithuanian–Czech harpsichord player, organist, and educator, born in Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 1947 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1948 James Alexander, American R&B bassist (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger"; "Shaft)
  • 1948 Jim Bonfanti, American drummer (Raspberries - "Go All the Way"), born in Windber, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Paul Rodgers, English-Canadian rock singer and musician (Bad Company - "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Rock and Roll Fantasy"; The Firm; + Queen), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1950 Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • 1951 Wanda Hutchinson, American pop-R&B singer (The Emotions - "So I Can Love You"; "Best Of My Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • 1953 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958 Mike Mills, American rock bassist (R.E.M. - "The One I Love"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1959 Robert "Bob" Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements - Please To Meet Me), born in Waconia, Minnesota (d. 1995)
  • 1961 Sara Dallin, British musician (Bananarama), born in Bristol, England
  • 1964 Ginger Wildheart [David Leslie Walls], British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wildhearts), born in Suth Shields, Tyne & Wear, England
  • 1967 Gigi D'Agostino, Italian DJ and musician
  • 1970 DJ Homicide [Craig Bullock], American musician, rapper, DJ, and record producer (Sugar Ray), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1978 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • 1979 Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1981 40 Cal. [Calvin Alan Byrd], American rapper, born in Harlem, New York City
  • 1982 Onur Ozsu, Turkish music artist, born in Izmir
  • 1994 Nat Wolff, American actor, and singer-songwriter (The Naked Brothers Band), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music

  • 1969 50m TV viewers watch singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki, on "The Tonight Show"; divorce in 1977

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Actress Heather Locklear (33) weds Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora (35) at The American Cathedral in Paris, France

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Queen of Pop Céline Dion (26) weds her manager Rene Angelil (52) at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • 2005 "Modern Day Drifter" country singer Dierks Bentley (30) weds Cassidy Black in Mexico
  • 2005 Australian country singer Kasey Chambers (29) weds singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson in Avoca, New South Wales
  • 2006 Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas
  • 2011 Backstreet Boys member A. J. McLean (34) weds model Rochelle Karidis (30) in an outdoor wedding at Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1562 Adrian Willaert, Flemish singer/bandmaster/composer, dies at about 82
  • 1651 Wolfgang Schonsleder, composer, dies at 81
  • 1811 John Antes, American composer and missionary, dies at 71
  • 1811 Louis Abel Beffroy de Reigny, French dramatist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1829 Bernard Jumentier, French composer, primarily of sacred music, dies at 80
  • 1870 Saverio Mercadante, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • 1913 Stefano Gobatti, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1926 Alexander Kastalsky, Russian composer, dies at 70
  • 1930 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, dies of a probable suicide at 36
  • 1948 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1949 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), dies at 72
  • 1966 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), dies at 68
  • 1972 Erwin Dressel, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1973 Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
  • 1975 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • 1975 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1978 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • 1982 Philipp Jarnach, French composer, dies at 90
  • 1996 Francesco Siciliani, Italian opera administrator, dies at 85
  • 1996 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), dies at 101
  • 1996 Ruby Murray, Irish singer ("Heartbeat"; "Softly, Softly"), dies of liver cancer at 61
  • 1996 Wayne Barlow, American composer, dies at 84
  • 1999 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • 1999 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • 2004 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2006 Denis Payton, English rock musician (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies at 63
  • 2006 Timmie Rogers, American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter (Back to School Again; I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya), dies at 91
  • 2008 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Captain Beefheart [Don Van Vliet], American rock musician, complications from multiple sclerosis at 69
  • 2011 Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean morna singer known as "the Barefoot Diva", dies from respiratory failure at 70
  • 2013 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), dies at 88
  • 2017 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • 2018 Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), dies at 89
  • 2018 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, dies at 83
  • 2020 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, dies from hypovolemic shock at 79