On This Day in Music for December 18

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres

  • 1892 Anton Bruckner's 8th Symphony premieres
  • 1961 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
  • 1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

1976 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & 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, composer
  • 1860 Edward Alexander MacDowell, American composer (Indian Suite)
  • 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 arranger and composer (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
  • 1913 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer
  • 1913 Saburo Takata, composer
  • 1920 Rita Streich, German singer
  • 1931 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager
  • 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
  • 1943 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Keith Richards, England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
  • 1944 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli (d. 2017)
  • 1948 Bill Nelson, English musician (Be Bop Deluxe)
  • 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)
  • 1953 Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], rock guitarist (Cars), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1957 John Webster, Canadian rocker (Red Rider)
  • 1961 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • 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
  • 1970 Cowboy Troy, American rapper
  • 1970 DMX, American rapper and actor
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1983 Steph Jones, American R&B singer
  • 1987 Ayaka, Japanese singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding 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, composer, dies at 59
  • 1835 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer, dies at 82
  • 1839 Charles-Henri Plantade, composer, dies at 75
  • 1841 Felice Blangini, composer, dies at 60
  • 1858 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, composer, dies at 81
  • 1865 Francisco Manuel da Silva, composer, dies at 70
  • 1869 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer, dies at 40
  • 1899 John William Glover, composer, dies at 84
  • 1911 Alberto Randegger, composer, dies at 79
  • 1918 Henryk Jarecki, composer, dies at 72
  • 1919 Horatio William Parker, composer, dies at 56
  • 1928 Lucien Capet, composer, dies at 55
  • 1963 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • 1973 Giulio Cesare Brero, composer, dies at 64
  • 1982 Tibor de Machula, Hungary/Neth cellist, dies at 70
  • 1987 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician (b. 1940)
  • 1990 Paul Tortelier, composer, dies at 76
  • 1993 Charizma, American rapper (b. 1973)
  • 1995 Brian Brockless, English organist (b. 1926)
  • 1996 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • 2000 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (b. 1959)
  • 2001 Gilbert B├ęcaud, French singer (b. 1927)
  • 2001 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914)
  • 2004 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • 2009 Oskar Danon, Yugoslav composer, dies at 96