On This Day in Music for December 23

Events in Music

  • 1893 Opera "Hansel und Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister Adelheid Wette premieres in Weimar, conducted by Richard Strauss
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Leningrad: premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' Michelangelo-liederen

  • 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, Romanian composer, born in Iaşi, Romania (d. 1898)
  • 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, born in Padua, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Joseph Castaldo, American composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer, born in Karoti, Greece
  • 1928 Buddy Harman, American drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player, born in Yale, Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Esther Phillips [EM Jones], American singer (When a Woman Loves a Man), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1936 Claude Albert Coppens, Belgian pianist, born in Schaerbeek, Belgium
  • 1939 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], American rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1940 Eugene Record, American musician (Chi Lites-Give it Away), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1940 Jorma Kaukonen, American rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1941 Ron Bushy, American musician, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 Friedrich Schenker, composer, born in Zeulenroda, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • 1943 Ross Edwards, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1945 Georges Aperghis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1945 Ronald Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1949 Luther Grosvenor, English rock musician (Spooky Tooth), born in Evesham, United Kingdom
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • 1952 Hans Abrahamsen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1956 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957 Dan Bigras, Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1958 Victoria Williams, American singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana,
  • 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-songwriter, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1968 Quincy Jones III, Swedish-American musician, born in Wimbledon, London
  • 1971 Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • 1977 Jari Mäenpää, Finnish guitarist and singer, born in Finland
  • 1978 Esthero, Canadian musician and singer, born in Stratford, Canada
  • 1981 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • 1985 Harry Judd, British drummer (McFly), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Eri Kamei, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1990 Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress, model, and singer, born in San Francisco, California

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-Richard Delalande, French 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, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), dies at 72
  • 1951 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, dies at 72
  • 1964 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 1967 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Carlo Jachino, composer, dies at 84
  • 1982 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, dies of a heart attack 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, American 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 [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91
  • 2000 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), dies at 74
  • 2006 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

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, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • 2013 Ricky Lawson, American musician, dies at 59