On This Day in Music for December 21

Events in Music

  • 1920 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
  • 1941 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • 1945 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
  • 1946 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • 1950 Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Ornette Coleman records his influential album "Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation", establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Glen Campbell's album "Wichita Lineman" goes to No. 1 in the US

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Meeting of InterestElvis Meets Nixon

1970 Elvis Presley meets US President Richard Nixon in the White House - the image of this meeting is the most requested photo from the entire National Archives
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  • 1975 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • 1975 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • 1978 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC
  • 1983 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • 1985 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • 1993 "The Sign" single released in the US by Ace of Base (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Birthdays in Music

  • 1616 Pietro Andrea Ziani, Italian organist & composer, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, Czech composer, born in Žerčice, Czech Republic (d. 1665)
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, German composer, born in Stralsund, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1830)
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, German pianist & composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1834)
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, American musical composer & theater producer, born in Brighton, Boston (d. 1924)
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), born in Všebořice (d. 1900)
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, American organist, born in Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1934)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, English composer & music publisher, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1949)
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, American composer & music educator, born in Fountain Green, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1977)
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), born in Zell am See, Austria (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina (American Ballet Theatre), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1921 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Rita Reys [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, Hungarian-born composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer & teacher, born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer, born in Blackness, United Kingdom
  • 1931 David Baker, American composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, Slovak composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1933 Miklos Kocsar, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1940 Paul [Ray Hildebrand], American singer (Paul & Paula), born in Joshua, Texas
  • 1942 Carla Thomas, US singer (Let Me Be Good to You)
  • 1942 Reinhard Mey, German singer, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1943 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, American conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Christopher Keene, American conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • 1947 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician, born in Stinatz, Austria
  • 1950 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1953 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Andras Schiff, Hungarian pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician, born in Agano, Niigata Prefecture
  • 1956 Lee Roy Parnell, American country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1960 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, English classical pianist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1962 Christy Forester, American musician (Forester Sisters-Men), born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • 1965 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1971 Matthieu Chedid, French musician, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1971 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's), born in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1973 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer, born in West Berlin
  • 1975 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1981 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer, born in Tijuana, Mexico

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1996 Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York

  • 2012 "Rolling Stones" guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London
  • 2012 "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds former Escala violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts

Deaths in Music

  • 1734 Philipp Hyacinth Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1755 Caspar Ruetz, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1820 Charles-Francois Dumonchau, French pianist and composer, dies at 45
  • 1864 William Henry Fry, composer, dies at 51
  • 1890 Niels Vilhelm Gade, Danish composer, dies at 73
  • 1906 Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 58
  • 1957 Eric Coates, English viola palyer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 1992 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1997 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, dies at 21
  • 1998 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • 2013 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91