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
  • 1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
  • 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

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, composer
  • 1628 Samuel Friedrich Capricornus, composer
  • 1728 Hermann Friedrich Raupach, composer
  • 1756 Thomas Anton Kunz, composer
  • 1810 Ludwig Schuncke, composer
  • 1826 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Edward Everett Rice, composer
  • 1850 Zdenek Fibich, composer
  • 1867 John Winter Thompson, composer
  • 1873 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
  • 1886 George Norman Peterkin, composer
  • 1895 Paul Hoffer, German composer, born in Barmen (d. 1949)
  • 1896 Leroy Robertson, composer
  • 1911 Paul Burkhard, composer
  • 1915 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Rita Reys, [Maria Reijs], Dutch jazz singer, (d. 2013)
  • 1926 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Thomas Rajna, composer
  • 1929 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Caroline Kaart, [Paterson Raitt], Dutch alto singer
  • 1931 David Baker, composer (Reflections) and educator, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Ilja Zeljenka, composer
  • 1933 Miklos Kocsar, composer
  • 1940 Frank Zappa, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940 Paul, [Ray Hildebrand], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • 1942 Carla Thomas, US singer (Let Me Be Good to You)
  • 1942 Reinhard Mey, German singer
  • 1943 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • 1944 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Carl Wilson, rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • 1946 Christopher Keene, conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1947 Paco de Lucía, Spanish musician
  • 1948 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician
  • 1950 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1953 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1953 Andras Schiff, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1955 Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
  • 1956 Lee Roy Parnell, country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1960 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, London-based pianist
  • 1961 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese composer
  • 1962 Christy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • 1964 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • 1965 Gabrielle Glaser, musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • 1971 Mathieu Chedid, French musician
  • 1971 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's)
  • 1972 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
  • 1973 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer
  • 1975 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
  • 1979 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
  • 1981 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer

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, 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, composer, dies at 58
  • 1957 Eric Coates, composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Jan Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 1992 Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
  • 1998 Karl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
  • 2013 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91