On This Day in Music for December 24

Events in Music

  • 1818 Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
  • 1871 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo
  • 1906 Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass)
  • 1951 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)
  • 1966 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1653 Georg Motz, German composer, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1733)
  • 1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian composer, born in Trani, Italy (d. 1744)
  • 1719 Johann Christoph Altnikol, German organist & composer (Bach's son-in-law & copyist), born in Sulików, Poland (d. 1759)
  • 1726 Johann Ernst Hartmann, Danish organist & composer, born in Glogów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1761 Selim III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1789-1808), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • 1773 Joseph Wölfl, Austrian pianist & composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1812)
  • 1812 Henry Russell, English pianist & composer, born in Sheerness, United Kingdom (d. 1900)
  • 1813 Henry Wellington Greatorex, English-American musician, born in Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1853)
  • 1824 Peter Cornelius, German composer & writer, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1874)
  • 1826 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish composer, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1905)
  • 1829 Benjamin Ipavec, Slovene Romantic composer, born in Šentjur, Slovenia (d. 1909)
  • 1829 José Rogel, Spanish composer, born in Orihuela, Spain (d. 1901)
  • 1842 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer and writer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1915)
  • 1859 Roman Statkowski, Polish composer, born in Szczypiorno, Poland (d. 1925)
  • 1870 Rosario Scalero, Italian composer, born in Moncalieri, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1879 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, Polish composer, born in Jarosław, Poland (d. 1979)
  • 1881 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1898 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Daniel K Womack, American singer & guitarist, born in Danville, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Franz Waxman, German film composer, born in Chorzów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1909 Adam Popovich, American composer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1910 Mitchell Ayres, American orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1913 Karl Michael Komma, German composer & music publicist, born in Aš, Czech Republic
  • 1920 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 1921 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1924 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Mohammed Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer, born in Kotla Sultan Singh, India (d. 1980)
  • 1925 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You), born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Teresa Stich-Randall, American soprano (Vienna State Opera), born in New Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Noel DaCosta, Nigerian-Jamaican composer, born in Lagos, Nigeria (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931 Mauricio Kagel, Argentine-German composer, born in Buenos Aires, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Mike Curb, American singer (Mike Curb Congregation), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1945 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1945 John Till, Canadian musician, born in Stratford, Canada
  • 1946 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus-Can't Stand Noise), born in Amsterdam
  • 1949 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1950 Libbi Larsen, American composer, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1950 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, American singer (Sha Na Na-Shannon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1957 Ian Burden, English musician (Human League-Only Human), born in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Diane Tell, Quebec singer, born in Québec City, Canada
  • 1958 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • 1961 Darren Wharton, British musician (Dare, Thin Lizzy), born in Failsworth, United Kingdom
  • 1962 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1963 Mary Ramsey, American singer & violinist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1965 Millard Powers, American musician and songwriter, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1968 Doyle Bramhall II, American guitarist, born in Texas
  • 1969 Kenny "Damn" Kelly, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1970 Will Oldham, American singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky

Person of interestRicky Martin

1971 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin
  • 1971 Giorgos Alkaios, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1980 Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1981 Dima Bilan, Russian actor & singer-songwriter, born in Ust-Dzheguta, Russia
  • 1982 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer & actor, born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1982 Robert Schwartzman, American actor & musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Edward Southall, British composer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1991 Louis Tomlinson, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Doncaster, England

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1943 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

Deaths in Music

  • 1453 John Dunstable, English composer, dies
  • 1823 Philipp Christoph Kayser, composer, dies at 68
  • 1862 Joseph Funk, early American composer, dies at 84
  • 1898 Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • 1908 François-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), dies at 80
  • 1930 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • 1932 Eyvind Alnaes, composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Alban Maria Johannes Berg, composer, dies at 50
  • 1941 Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
  • 1942 Friedrich Klose, composer, dies at 80
  • 1944 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer, dies at 66
  • 1945 Francisco Pujol, composer, dies at 67
  • 1961 Guy de Lioncourt, composer, dies at 76
  • 1966 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1970 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, dies at 41
  • 1975 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1980 Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73
  • 1980 Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  • 1992 Robert "Bobby" LaKind, American conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional backup drummer (The Doobie Brothers), dies from terminal colon cancer at 47
  • 1994 Jimmy Buddy Lee Land Ace, singer, dies at 57
  • 1994 Nathan I. Daniel, inventor (Guitars), dies at 82
  • 1997 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • 1997 Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • 1999 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!) dies at 66
  • 2000 Nick Massi, American rocker (4 Seasons-Sherry), dies at 65
  • 2004 Jan van Vlijmen, Dutch composer, dies at 69
  • 2006 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, dies at 99
  • 2006 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet and comedian (b. 1961)
  • 2010 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (b. 1930)
  • 2012 Richard Rodney Bennett, English composer, dies at 76
  • 2012 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88
  • 2015 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • 2016 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, dies at 87