On This Day in Music for December 20

Events in Music

  • 1600 Ottario Rinuccini and Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1823 Franz Schubert's "Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde," premieres in Vienna

Composer Franz Schubert
Composer
Franz Schubert
  • 1946 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1967 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull
  • 1969 Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1

Music releaseAlbum Release

1974 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • 1976 "Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1981 Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1995 "Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 14 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1539 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer
  • 1594 Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer
  • 1606 Christoph Schultze, composer
  • 1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer
  • 1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer
  • 1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, composer
  • 1786 Pietro Raimondi, composer
  • 1809 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
  • 1812 Achille Peri, composer
  • 1867 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer
  • 1871 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer
  • 1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
  • 1886 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer
  • 1889 Bozidar Sirola, composer
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1907 Paul Francis Webster, songwriter (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Giulio Cesare Brero, composer
  • 1909 Vagn Holmboe, composer
  • 1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, composer
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, singer
  • 1938 John Harris Harbison, composer, born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1939 Agatha N "Kim" Weston, US gospel singer (It Takes Two)
  • 1939 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • 1940 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1944 Robert Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian singer
  • 1948 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Alan Parsons, audio engineer, music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1950 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Gilbert Montagné, French musician
  • 1955 Ed Kuepper, German/Australian, singer/songwriter (Saints)
  • 1956 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger, born in New Windsor, Maryland (d. 2009|)
  • 1957 Billy Bragg, English rocker (It Says Here, Ideology), singer/songwriter, born in Barking Essex
  • 1957 Mike Watt, US bassist (Rockband Firehose)
  • 1957 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor
  • 1966 Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer
  • 1972 Anders Odden, Norwegian musician
  • 1974 Die, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1977 Saukrates, Canadian rapper
  • 1981 Chris Edwards, British musician (Kasabian)
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer, winner of American Idol.
  • 1983 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer
  • 1984 David Tavaré, Spanish singer
  • 1990 JoJo, American singer

Divorces in Music

  • 2005 Actress Renee Zellweger (36) annuls her marriage to country-music singer Kenny Chesney (37) citing fraud, after 4 months of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen

Deaths in Music

  • 1539 Johannes Lupi, Flemish composer
  • 1783 Antonio Francisco Jawer Jose Soler, Sp composer (Fandango), dies at 54
  • 1793 Joseph Legros, French singer and composer who was the most prominent haute-contres of his generation, dies at 54
  • 1799 David Traugott Nicolai, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1819 Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, composer, dies at 50
  • 1821 Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, dies at 75
  • 1903 Gavriil Musicescu, composer, dies at 56
  • 1909 Benjamin Ipavec, composer, dies at 79
  • 1916 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • 1916 William Wallace Gilchrist, composer, dies at 70
  • 1942 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, dies at 63
  • 1954 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • 1962 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer, dies at 68
  • 1962 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75
  • 1963 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • 1968 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafta, dies at 84
  • 1973 Bobby Darin, singer (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37
  • 1974 Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • 1975 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • 1982 Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95
  • 1991 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1999 Hank Snow, Canadian singer (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • 2008 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2012 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91