On This Day in Music for December 22

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1894 Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

Composer Claude Debussy
Composer
Claude Debussy
  • 1946 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • 1956 "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • 1958 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1976 "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 performances
  • 1976 German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
  • 1978 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer

Music release#1 in the Charts

1984 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1985 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1994 "Christmas Carol" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 18 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1624 Tomas Micieres, Spanish composer (d. 1662)
  • 1723 Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1815 Lucien Petipa, French dancer/choreographer/ballet leader
  • 1819 Franz Wilhelm Abt, German composer/choir conductor
  • 1821 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, born in Crema, Lombardy (d. 1889)
  • 1842 Nicola d' Arienzo, composer
  • 1844 Izydor Lotto, composer
  • 1846 Andreas Hallen, composer
  • 1853 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

1858 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1924)

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1866 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), born in Środa,Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1874 Franz Schmidt, composer
  • 1875 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, born in Avignon (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Edgard Varèse, French-born composer (d. 1965)
  • 1885 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1900 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Yoshio Hasegawa, composer
  • 1921 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1921 Robert Frank Kurka, composer
  • 1924 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Thomas Christian David, composer
  • 1939 James Gurley, American musician
  • 1942 Dick Parry, English saxophonist (Pink Floyd, 'Money'), born in Kentford, Suffolk
  • 1944 Barry Jenkins, rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1946 Rick Nielsen, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

1949 Maurice Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2003)

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • 1949 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), born in Florida (d. 1984)

Person of interestRobin Gibb

1949 Robin Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • 1953 David Leisner, composer
  • 1957 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1958 Frank Gambale, Australian musician, born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1958 David Heavener, US actor and musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • 1960 Luther Campbell (Luke), US rap artist (2 Live Crew)
  • 1966 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)
  • 1967 Richey James Edwards, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers) (disappeared in 1995)
  • 1984 Basshunter [Jonas Erik Altberg], Swedish record producer and DJ (Now You're Gone), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, US singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2000 Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Deaths in Music

  • 1738 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1745 Jan Dismas Zelenka, composer, dies at 66
  • 1797 Giovanni Marco Rutini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1832 Ishmail Spicer, American composer, dies at 72
  • 1874 Johann Peter Pixis, composer, dies at 86
  • 1875 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer, dies at 75
  • 1893 Benedikt Randhartinger, composer, dies at 91
  • 1923 Arthur H Bird, composer, dies at 67
  • 1939 Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
  • 1941 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • 1944 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • 1950 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • 1950 Walter Johannes Damrosch, German-American composer, dies at 88
  • 1951 Powell Weaver, composer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • 1973 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • 1985 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1986 Celius Dougherty, composer, dies at 84
  • 1987 Leonidas Zoras, composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
  • 1990 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • 1991 Ernst Krenek, Austrian/US composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • 1997 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • 2002 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • 2003 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • 2003 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • 2006 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86

Person of interestJoe Cocker

2014 Joe Cocker, English rock musician (With a Little Help from My Friends), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker