On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 20

Events in Music

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

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1823 Play "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus" by Helmina von Chézy with incidental music by Franz Schubert premieres in Vienna

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • 1943 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1946 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Maurice Ravel and John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 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
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
  • 1984 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

2005 "The Breakthrough" 7th studio album by Mary J. Blige is released

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga

Birthdays in Music

  • 1539 Paulus Melissus, humanist Neo-Latin writer, translator, and composer, born in Mellrichstadt, Germany (d. 1602)
  • 1594 Giovanni Battista de Gagliano, Italian composer (d. 1651)
  • 1606 Christoph Schultze, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1683)
  • 1729 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1794)
  • 1758 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, Flemish horn player and composer, born in Ypres, Austrian Netherlands (now Belgium) (d. 1832)
  • 1774 Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, French composer & guitarist, born in Paris, France (d. 1846)
  • 1786 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1853)
  • 1809 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, German composer, born in Oldisleben, Germany (d. 1858)
  • 1812 Achille Peri, Italian composer & conductor, born in Reggio Emilia, Italy (d. 1880)
  • 1871 Henry Kimball Hadley, American composer and conductor, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
  • 1872 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian priest and sacred oratorio composer, born in Tortona, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1884 Max Blokzijl, Dutch singer, journalist, and Nazi collaborator, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Domingo Julio Gómez Garcia, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1889 Božidar Širola, Croatian composer, born in Žakanje, Croatia (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1907 Paul Francis Webster, American lyricist ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"; "The Shadow Of Your Smile"; "I Got It Bad, And That Ain't Good"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Norman Hackforth, British musician and radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), born in Bihar, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), born in Horsens, Jutland (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Denny Vaughan, Canadian pianist, singer, arranger and orchestra leader (The Smothers Brothers Show; Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972) [1]
  • 1925 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer, born in Prileb, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (now North Macedonia) (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Charles Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), born in Bristol, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Gordon Getty, American composer, businessman and heir of J. Paul Getty, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1938 John Harris Harbison, American composer (The Flight into Egypt), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • 1939 Kim Weston, American soul singer (with Marvin Gaye - "It Takes Two"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 Klaus Schweizer, German composer, born in Albstadt, Germany
  • 1939 Bill Keith, American bluegrass and country banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Larry Willis, American jazz pianist & composer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Robert "Bobby" Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears - "Spinning Wheel"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Douglass Lubahn, psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian pop singer, born in Verona, Italy
  • 1948 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Alan Parsons, British music producer (The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot) and recording engineer (The Dark Side of the Moon; Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1950 Don Heffington, American touring and session drummer, singer, songwriter and producer (Lone Justice; Watkins Family Hour; Emmylou Harris), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Gilbert Montagné, French pop piano player and singer ("The Fool"), born in Paris, France
  • 1955 Ed Kuepper, Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter (The Saints), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1956 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger, born in New Windsor, Maryland (d. 2009|)
  • 1957 (Stephen William) "Billy" Bragg, English singer-songwriter ("Greetings To The New Brunette"; "Sexuality"; "California Stars"), born in Barking, Essex, England
  • 1957 Mike Watt, American rock bassist (Firehose), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1957 Anna Vissi, Greek-Cypriot singer, born in Pyla, Cyprus
  • 1957 Arturs Maskats, Latvian classical composer and music director (Rainis Dailes Theatre; Latvian National Opera), born in Valmiera, Latvia
  • 1961 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor, born in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt
  • 1966 Chris Robinson, American rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Myrra Malmberg, Swedish singer, born in Farsta, Stockholm
  • 1972 Anders Odden, Norwegian musician, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • 1974 Die, Japanese rock guitarist (Dir en grey), born in Mie, Japan
  • 1981 Chris Edwards, British rock bassist (Kasabian), born in England
  • 1982 David Cook, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1983 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • 1984 David Tavaré, Spanish singer, born in Pollença, Spain
  • 1990 JoJo [Joanna Levesque], American pop singer-songwriter ("Too Little Too Late"; "Baby It's You"), born in Brattleboro, Vermont

Person of interestDylan Wang

1998 Dylan Wang [Wang Hedi], Chinese actor and singer (Meteor Garden), born in Chengdu, Sichuan

Actor Dylan Wang
Dylan Wang

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2005 Actress Renée 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 26 years of marriage

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Deaths in Music

  • 1539 Johannes Lupi, Flemish composer
  • 1783 Antonio Soler, Spanish Catalan 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, French 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, American composer, dies at 70
  • 1942 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, dies at 63
  • 1954 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • 1957 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, baritone saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 57
  • 1962 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American 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 Kafka, dies at 84
  • 1973 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer (Mack the Knife), dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1974 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France, Mana), dies at 69
  • 1975 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • 1982 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, dies in Geneva at 95
  • 1982 Milan Ristić, Serbian composer, dies at 76
  • 1991 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1995 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, dies at 91
  • 1999 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2000 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68
  • 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
  • 2009 James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 2010 Jean-Louis Martinet, French composer, dies at 98
  • 2012 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • 2020 Fanny Waterman, English concert pianist & teacher (Leeds International Piano Competition), dies at 100 [1]