On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 19

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1881 Opera "Hérodiade" by Jules Massenet is produced in Brussels

Composer Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946 Noël Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1957 "Music Man" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1375 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1969 Beatle's 7th Christmas album is released
  • 1971 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • 1973 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1985 "Wind in the Willows" opens at Nederlander Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1987 Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart
  • 1991 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1993 "Red Shoes" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 1996 "Once Upon a Matress" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint

Birthdays in Music

  • 1676 Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French organist and composer, born in Paris, France (d.1749)
  • 1797 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, born in Nové Strašecí, Czechia (d. 1859)
  • 1825 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1898)
  • 1864 Adolf Sandberger, German composer and musicologist, born in Würzburg (d. 1943)
  • 1876 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1878 Anton Lajovic, Slovenian composer, born in Vače, Slovenia (d. 1960)
  • 1879 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), born in Azcoitia, Spain (d. 1956) [1]
  • 1881 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, born in Aben, Louisiana (d. 1938)
  • 1882 Walter Braunfels, German composer (Die Vögel -The Birds), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1954)
  • 1884 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Senigallia, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1888 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1963) [1]
  • 1894 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1901 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, born in Razgrad, Bulgaria (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Leonard Hirsch, Irish violinist/orchestra leader (RAF Symphony Orchestra), born in Dublin (d. 1995) [1]

Person of interestEdith Piaf

1915 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French chanteuse (Little Sparrow, Le Vie En Rose), born in Paris, France (d. 1963)

Singer Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
  • 1916 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1918 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • 1920 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Bolt, West Virginia (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • 1925 Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer (Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), born in Gloucester, England (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1940 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1941 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1944 Alvin Lee, British rock vocalist and guitarist (10 Years After), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • 1944 Steve Tyrell [Stephen Bilao III], American jazz and standards singer and record producer, born in Palo Pinto, Texas
  • 1945 John McEuen, American bluegrass, folk-rock fiddler, guitarist, banjo, and mandolin player (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Steve Martin), born in Oakland, California
  • 1947 Janie Fricke, American country music singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • 1949 Lenny White, American jazz-fusion drummer (Return to Forever), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1949 Sebastian [Knud Torben Christensen], Danish musician and composer, born in Sønderborg, Denmark
  • 1957 Doug Johnson, Canadian rock keyboardist (Loverboy - "Working For The Weekend"), born in Surrey, British Columbia
  • 1958 Limahl [Christopher Hamill], English pop singer (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy), born in Pemberton, Lancashire, England
  • 1958 Steven Isserlis, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1965 (Eugene) Chuckii Booker, American R&B musician, songwriter, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester (d. 2002)
  • 1974 Mikko "Mige" Paananen, Finnish rock bassist (HIM), born in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1975 Casual [Jon Owens], American rapper (Smash Rockwell), born in Oakland, California
  • 1979 Kevin Devine, American singer-songwriter (Brother's Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1985 Lady Sovereign [Louise Amanda Harman], British rapper (9 to 5, Love Me or Hate Me), born in London, England
  • 1991 Declan Galbraith, British pop singer ("Tell Me Why"), born in Hoo St. Werburgh Kent, England

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1919 Composer and songwriter Cole Porter (28) weds socialite Linda Lee Thomas (36)

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1998 Actress Vivica A. Fox (34) weds singer Christopher Harvest at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, California
  • 2009 Actor and singer Kevin Jonas (22) weds Danielle Deleasa (23) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Guitar legend Carlos Santana (63) weds rock drummer Cindy Blackman (51) in Maui, Hawaii

Musician Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana

Deaths in Music

  • 1614 Melchior Bischoff, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1749 Francesco Antonio Bonporti, composer, dies at 76
  • 1800 Georg Peter Weimar, composer, dies at 66
  • 1810 Johann Heinrich Egli, composer, dies at 68
  • 1815 Michel Woldemar, French violinist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1815 Robert Hudson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1823 Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, dies at 67
  • 1867 Jean-Georges Kastner, French composer, dies at 57
  • 1925 José Ignacio Quintón, Puerto-Rican composer (El coquí; Requiem por Angel Mislán), dies at 44
  • 1929 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1939 Eric Fogg, English composer, dies under a train at 36
  • 1982 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Lawrance Collingwood, English composer, dies at 95
  • 1984 Michel Magne, composer, dies at 54
  • 1993 Michael Clarke, drummer (Byrds), dies of liver failure at 49
  • 1994 Noel Pointer, jazz violinist, dies at 39
  • 1997 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • 2000 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • 2000 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • 2000 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • 2001 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • 2004 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 2008 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2015 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88