On This Day in Music for December 23

Events in Music

  • 1893 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" is produced (Weimar)
  • 1911 Opera "I Gioielli Della Madonna" is produced (Berlin)
  • 1915 J Kern/S Greene's musical "Very Good Eddie" premieres in NYC
  • 1943 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY
  • 1958 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 38 performances
  • 1966 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 1974 "Good News" opens at St James Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1990 "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 284 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1582 Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, born in Florence (d. 1663)
  • 1644 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, composer
  • 1689 Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, composer
  • 1699 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, born in Colchester (d. 1788)
  • 1709 Jean-Noel Hamal, composer
  • 1714 Johann Siebenkas, composer
  • 1716 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer
  • 1749 Johann Lukas Schubaur, composer
  • 1763 John Davy, English composer, born at Creedy Bridge, Devon (d. 1824)
  • 1812 William Hauser, composer
  • 1823 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer
  • 1830 Adam Minchejmer, composer
  • 1855 Alan Gray, British composer (Trinity College), born in York (d. 1935)
  • 1896 Alberto Hemsi, composer
  • 1905 Arn Bjornsson, composer
  • 1906 Ross Lee Finney, Wells Minnesota, composer (Landscapes Remembered)
  • 1913 Hans Henkemans, composer
  • 1913 Leo A Ketelaars, Dutch oratorio vocalist
  • 1914 Dezider Kardos, composer
  • 1918 Jose Greco, Italian flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers)
  • 1923 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist
  • 1923 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor
  • 1926 Dusan Kostic, composer
  • 1927 Joseph Castaldo, composer
  • 1928 Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer
  • 1928 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Esther Phillips, [EM Jones], US singer (When a Woman Loves a Man)
  • 1936 Claude Albert Coppens, composer
  • 1939 Johnny Kidd, [Frederick Heath], rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1940 Eugene Record, US singer (Chi Lites-Give it Away)
  • 1940 Jorma Kaukonen, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 Tim Hardin, Eugene, Oregon, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire)
  • 1941 Ron Bushy, American musician
  • 1942 Friedrich Schenker, composer
  • 1943 Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • 1943 Ross Edwards, composer
  • 1945 Georges Aperghis, composer
  • 1945 Ronald Bushy, rocker (Iron Butterfly-Ina gada davida)
  • 1946 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano
  • 1949 Luther Grosvenor, rocker (Spooky Tooth)
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha Na Na)
  • 1951 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • 1952 Hans Abrahamsen, composer
  • 1956 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957 Dan Bigras, Canadian singer
  • 1958 Victoria Williams, American singer
  • 1960 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen-Move Any Mountain)
  • 1964 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1967 Carla Bruni, Italian-French model and singer
  • 1968 Quincy Jones III, Swedish-American musician
  • 1971 Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1977 Jari Mäenpää, Finnish guitarist and singer
  • 1978 Esthero, Canadian musician and singer
  • 1981 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • 1985 Harry Judd, British drummer (McFly)
  • 1988 Eri Kamei, Japanese singer
  • 1990 Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress, model, and singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 2005 Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2005 "Jurassic Park" actress Laura Dern (38) weds musician Ben Harper (36) in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

2007 "Dr. Izzie Stevens" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

  • 2015 Musician Richard Marx (53) weds TV host and model Daisy Fuentes (50) in Aspen, Colorado

Deaths in Music

  • 1688 Jean-Louis Lully, French composer and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 21
  • 1696 Johann David Mayer, composer, dies at 60
  • 1793 Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (b. 1699)
  • 1812 Michel Delalande, composer, dies at 73
  • 1891 Holger Simon Paulli, composer, dies at 81
  • 1908 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • 1908 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • 1911 Karl L Hoschna, composer, dies at 34
  • 1950 Vincenzo Tommasini, composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Alfreds Kalnins, composer, dies at 72
  • 1964 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer, dies at 86
  • 1967 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Carlo Jachino, composer, dies at 84
  • 1982 Norman Dinnerstein, composer, dies at 45
  • 1985 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • 1989 Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • 1992 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42
  • 1994 Charles Shirley, jazz arranger, dies at 74
  • 1996 Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • 2000 Victor Borge, Danish-born comedian and pianist (b. 1909)
  • 2000 Noor Jehan, Indian singer and actress (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2007 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 2013 Yusef Lateef, jazz composer, dies at 93