On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 22

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1808 Beethoven's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring the composer as soloist) premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Composer Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy

Film release premierFilm Premier

1932 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 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 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • 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 East Germany grants rock singer Nina Hagen her request to leave the country, after refusing her stepfather re-entry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer, replacing the deceased Keith Moon

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 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 ballet dancer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1898)
  • 1819 Franz Abt, German composer & choir conductor, born in Eilenburg, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1821 Giovanni Bottesini, Italian Romantic composer, conductor and a double bass virtuoso, born in Crema, Lombardy (d. 1889)
  • 1844 Izydor Lotto, Polish violinist & composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1927)
  • 1846 Andreas Hallén, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • 1853 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1917)

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

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

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
  • 1866 Mieczyslaw Surzynski, Polish organ virtuoso and composer (1904 Organ Concerto), born in Środa, Poland (d. 1924)
  • 1874 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer & musician, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1939)
  • 1875 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, born in Avignon (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), born in Burgundy, France (d. 1965)
  • 1885 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrait), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Yoshio Hasegawa, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), born in Mississippi (d. 1954) [some sources cite year of birth as 1901, and some 1910]
  • 1921 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), born in Huntington, West Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 1921 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 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, Austrian composer, born in Wels, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1939 James Gurley, American rock lead guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company - "Piece Of My Heart"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Dick Parry, English session and touring rock saxophonist (Pink Floyd - "Money"), born in Kentford, Suffolk
  • 1944 Colin "Barry" Jenkins , English rock drummer (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Cheap Trick- "I Want You to Want Me"), born in Rockford, Illinois

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

1949 Maurice Gibb, English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and bassist (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2003)

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

Person of interestRobin Gibb

1949 Robin Gibb, English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and producer (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
  • 1953 David Leisner, American classical guitarist and composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1958 Frank Gambale, Australian jazz fusion guitarist, born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1958 David Heavener, American actor and country musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1960 (Emil) Wakin Chau, Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • 1960 Luther Campbell, American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966 Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1967 Richey James Edwards, Welsh rock musician and songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Blackwood, United Kingdom (disappeared in 1995; declared d. 2008)
  • 1984 Basshunter [Jonas Erik Altberg], Swedish record producer and DJ (Now You're Gone), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • 1989 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1991 DaBaby [Jonathan Kirk], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Rockstar), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star

Deaths in Music

  • 1738 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1745 Jan Dismas Zelenka, Bohemian 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, German pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • 1875 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer, dies at 75
  • 1893 Benedikt Randhartinger, Austrian composer, dies at 91
  • 1923 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1939 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", 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 Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), dies at 88
  • 1951 Powell Weaver, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • 1971 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), dies at 74
  • 1973 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • 1984 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, dies at 82
  • 1985 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1986 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1987 Leonidas Zoras, Greek conductor and 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-American 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, dies at 87
  • 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 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker
  • 2015 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), dies at 70