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 (d. 1733)
  • 1679 Domenico Natale Sarro, composer
  • 1719 Johann Christoph Altnikol, composer
  • 1726 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer
  • 1761 Selam III, poet/composer/sultan of Turkey (1789-1808)
  • 1773 Joseph Wolfl, composer
  • 1812 Henry Russell, composer
  • 1813 Henry Wellington Greatorex, composer
  • 1824 Peter Cornelius, composer
  • 1826 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, composer
  • 1829 Benjamin Ipavec, composer
  • 1829 José Rogel, Spanish composer, born in Orihuela (d. 1901)
  • 1859 Roman Statkowski, composer
  • 1870 Rosario Scalero, composer
  • 1879 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer
  • 1881 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer
  • 1881 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer
  • 1898 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (d. 1959)
  • 1904 Daniel K Womack, singer/guitarist
  • 1906 Franz Waxman, German film composer (d. 1967)
  • 1909 Adam Popovich, composer
  • 1910 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1913 Karl Michael Komma, composer
  • 1920 Dave Bartholomew, jazz artist/songwriter (Blueberry Hill), born in Edgard, Louisiana
  • 1921 Gerard Thomas Victory, composer
  • 1924 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, Pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mines), born in New Orleans, Louisiana, (d. 1986)
  • 1925 Mohd. Rafi, Indian actor and playback singer (d. 1980)
  • 1925 Yafa Yarkoni, Israel, singer (Road to Jerusalem, Don't Say Goodbye, Say I will see You) (d.2012)
  • 1927 Teresa Stich-Randall, US soprano (Vienna State Opera)
  • 1929 Noel Da Costa, composer
  • 1930 Robert Joffrey, [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer
  • 1931 Mauricio Kagel, Argentina/German composer
  • 1944 Mike Curb, singer (Mike Curb Congregation), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1945 Lemmy [Ian Kilminster], heavy metal musician (Motorhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus-Can't Stand Noise), born in Amsterdam
  • 1950 Libbi Larsen, composer
  • 1950 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 1951 Johnny Contardo, rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)
  • 1957 Ian Burden, S Yorks England, rock bassist (Human League-Only Human)
  • 1957 Diane Tell, Quebec singer
  • 1958 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer
  • 1962 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1963 Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)
  • 1965 Millard Powers, American musician and songwriter
  • 1968 Doyle Bramhall II, American guitarist
  • 1969 Kenny "Damn" Kelly, rapper (Riff-Judy had a Boyfriend), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1970 Will Oldham, American singer and songwriter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1980 Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto)
  • 1982 Aiba Masaki, Japanese singer and actor
  • 1982 Robert Carmine, American singer
  • 1986 Edward Southall, British composer
  • 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 Carl Reiner
Actor & Comedian
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, composer, dies at 41
  • 1908 Francois-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian musicologist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1930 Oskar Nedbal, 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 Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69
  • 1974 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • 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)
  • 1994 Jimmy Buddy Lee Land Ace, singer, dies at 57
  • 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 singer (The Four Seasons) (b. 1935)
  • 2006 "Braguinha", Brazilian songwriter (b. 1907)
  • 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