On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 18

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1892 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia, now the world's most performed ballet; his final opera "Isolanta" also premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1892 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner
  • 1961 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1962 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow

Film release premierFilm Premier

1963 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
David Niven
  • 1964 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • 1964 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • 1965 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1969 "Coco" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 333 performances
  • 1970 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances
  • 1971 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts

Film release premierFilm Premier

1976 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1985 "Jerry's Girls" opens at St James Theater NYC for 139 performances
  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1994 "What's Wrong With this Pic?" closes at Circle in Sq NYC after 12 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1562 Philipp Dulichius, composer
  • 1569 Jakob Hassler, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1622)
  • 1667 Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer
  • 1734 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer
  • 1788 Camille Pleyel, Austrian piano builder/composer
  • 1812 Wiktor Kazynski, composer
  • 1848 Karl Schroder, composer
  • 1852 Gaetano Coronaro, Italian conductor, pedagogue, and composer (La Creola), born in Vicenza, Austrian Empire (now Italy) (d. 1908)
  • 1860 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite), born in New York (d. 1908)
  • 1861 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1873 Adolf Vogl, German composer, born in Munich (d. 1961)
  • 1877 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1897 Fletcher Henderson, American pianist, arranger and composer (Benny Goodman Orchestra), born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1952)
  • 1904 Wilf Carter, Canadian country and western singer, born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Richard Sturzenegger, composer
  • 1906 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher
  • 1910 Abe Burrows, American Broadway composer (Guys & Dolls 1951 TONY), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1911 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, born in Jonesville, South Carolina (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Donald Phillips, British pianist and composer (Spanish Fiesta, Concerto In Jazz), born in Dalston, London (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Saburo Takata, Japanese composer, born in Nagoya (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), born in Rockdale, Texas (d. 1985)

Person of interestBetty Grable

1916 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1973)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 1917 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Rita Streich, German singer
  • 1921 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), born in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager - ABKCO (Sam Cooke; RollingStones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1938 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1939 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • 1941 Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)
  • 1941 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer (Divine Love), born in Leland, Mississippi
  • 1943 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)

Person of interestKeith Richards

1943 Keith Richards, English guitarist and songwriter (The Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • 1944 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Bill Nelson, British progressive rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Be-Bop Deluxe), born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1948 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • 1950 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) (d. 2002)
  • 1952 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1952 David Hentschel, British recording engineer, producer, and film score composer, born in Sussex, England
  • 1953 Elliot Easton [Steinberg], American rock lead guitarist (The Cars - "My Best Friend's Girl"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Jim "Kimo" West, Canadian guitarist (More Guitar Stories), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 John Webster, Canadian rocker (Red Rider)
  • 1961 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymn)
  • 1962 Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American Singer
  • 1963 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • 1964 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • 1965 Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)
  • 1966 Steve Dullaghan, rocker (Primitives-Lovely, Lump of Coal)
  • 1966 Tracy Byrd, country singer
  • 1966 Mille Petrozza, German singer (Kreator)
  • 1968 Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer (Más), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1970 Cowboy Troy [Troy Lee Coleman III], American country rapper (MuzikMafia, Big & Rich), born in Victoria, Texas
  • 1970 DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper (..And Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die) , born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • 1970 Roman Glick, American rock bassist (Brother Cane; Jackyl), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer
  • 1972 Raymond Herrera, American drummer (Fear Factory) and businessman
  • 1974 Euroboy, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • 1975 Sia [Furler], Australian singer-songwriter and producer (Titanium), born in Adalaide, Australia
  • 1977 Maria Brink, American heavy metal singer and songwriter (In This Moment), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestChristina Aguilera

1980 Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants), born in Staten Island, New York

  • 1982 Dave Luetkenhoelter, American bassist (Kutless)
  • 1987 Ayaka, Japanese singer

Person of interestBillie Eilish

2001 Billie Eilish, American singer-songwriter (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1962 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1923 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • 1732 Johann Valentin Eckelt, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1737 Antonio Stradivari, renowned violin-maker, dies in Cremona Italy at 93
  • 1835 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer, dies at 82
  • 1839 Charles-Henri Plantade, French composer, dies at 75
  • 1841 Felice Blangini, Italian composer, dies at 60
  • 1858 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, Flemish composer, dies at 81
  • 1865 Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer, dies at 70
  • 1869 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, dies at 40
  • 1899 John William Glover, Irish composer, dies at 84
  • 1911 Alberto Randegger, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1918 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • 1919 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1928 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, dies at 55
  • 1963 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), dies at 58
  • 1973 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), dies at 64
  • 1982 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, dies at 70
  • 1987 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • 1990 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, dies at 76
  • 1990 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), dies at 67
  • 1992 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), dies at 83
  • 1993 Charizma, American rapper (b. 1973)
  • 1995 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • 2000 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (Electric Landlady), dies when run over by a power boat in the National Marine Park of Cozumel at 41
  • 2000 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophonist (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), dies at 69
  • 2001 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • 2001 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer, dies at 87
  • 2004 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • 2006 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • 2009 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav conductor (Belgrade Opera, 1944-65), dies at 96
  • 2011 Ralph MacDonald, American rock percussionist and songwriter (Just the Two of Us), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015 Luc Brewaeys, Belgian pianist, conductor, and composer, dies of cancer at 56
  • 2017 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • 2019 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2019 Kenny Lynch, English singer, dies at 81