On This Day in Music for December 25

Events in Music

  • 1830 Hector Berlioz's "Symphony Fantastic" premieres

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1896 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa

  • 1905 V Herbert/H Blossoms musical "Mlle Modiste" premieres in NYC

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1915 Irving Berlin & Harry B Smith's musical premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1917 Louis Hirsch and Otto Harbach's musical "Going Up" premieres in New York City
  • 1931 NY's Metropolitan Opera broadcasts an entire opera over radio
  • 1937 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio
  • 1955 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music
  • 1958 Alan Freed's Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular opens

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1964 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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1967 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1994 "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1583 Orlando Gibbons, English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized
  • 1601 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza (d. 1672)
  • 1646 Harald Vallerius, composer
  • 1665 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (d. 1746)
  • 1686 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer
  • 1711 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer
  • 1728 Johann Adam Hiller, composer
  • 1750 John "Christmas" Beckwith, composer
  • 1765 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
  • 1775 Antun Sorkocevic, composer
  • 1815 Temistocle Solera, composer
  • 1825 Esteban Salas y Castro, composer
  • 1829 Patrick S Gilmore, composer
  • 1831 Johann Herbeck, composer
  • 1837 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner
  • 1859 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer
  • 1868 Eugenie Besserer, American actress (Jazz Singer), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1874 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (d. 1944)
  • 1883 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, born in Mladá Vožice (d. 1962)
  • 1886 Kid Ory, American musician (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Gladys Swarthout, Deepwater Missouri, mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda)
  • 1903 Antiochos Evanghelatos, composer
  • 1907 Cab[ell] Calloway, bandleader (Minnie the Moocha, Jazzball), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1908 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, born in Nymburk, Bohemia (d. 1998)
  • 1910 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1912 Leighton Noble, singer/bandleader
  • 1912 Werner Fussan, composer
  • 1913 Tony Martin [Alvin Morris], American singer (It's a Blue World, To Each), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1915 Noelle de Mosa, Neth/British dancer/teacher (Brigadoon)
  • 1915 Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
  • 1916 Daniel Devoto, composer
  • 1918 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Louis Lane, Eagle Pass Texas, conductor (Oere Orch 1968-73)
  • 1926 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1929 Bill Horton, doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Chris Kenner, R&B singer (I Like it Like That), born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 1976)
  • 1934 McKinley Mitchell, US gospel/singer (The Town I Live In)
  • 1935 Gunter Friedrichs, composer
  • 1937 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1938 David Borden, composer
  • 1939 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • 1940 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • 1941 Don Pullen, pianist/composer
  • 1941 Ronald Perera, composer
  • 1942 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Trevor Lucas, rocker (Fairport Convention)
  • 1944 Henry Vestine, rock guitarist (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)
  • 1945 Noel Redding, rocker (The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze)
  • 1945 Steve Mancha, [Clyde Wilson], US singer/songwriter (Too Many Cooks)
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)
  • 1948 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Singer and icon of the Brazilian music
  • 1949 Joe Louis Walker, American musician
  • 1951 Ria Thielsch, Dutch singer (Luv)
  • 1952 Desireless, French singer
  • 1954 Annie Lennox, Aberdeen Scotld, vocalist (Eurythmics-Sweet Dreams, Why)
  • 1954 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1954 Steve Wariner, Noblesville Indiana, country singer (Small Town Girl)
  • 1955 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer
  • 1957 Jan Rot, Dutch composer/writer (Wrong Nights)
  • 1957 Shane MacGowan, punk rock musician (Pogues-Red Roses For Me), born in Pembury, Kent
  • 1962 Darren Wharton, British Keyboardist (Thin Lizzy and Dare)
  • 1964 Tim Royes - Music Video Director and Editor
  • 1971 Noel Hogan, musician (Cranberries)

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1971 Dido, Kensington, pop singer and rap/dance music vocalist (Eminem's 'Stan', 'No Angel'), born in London, England

Singer Dido
Singer
Dido
  • 1972 Josh Freese, American drummer
  • 1976 Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish keyboardist and songwriter
  • 1982 Shystie, British rapper-songwriter
  • 1984 Jessica Origliasso, Australian Singer (The Veronicas)
  • 1984 Lisa Origliasso, Australian Singer (The Veronicas)
  • 1985 Leon Pisani, Welsh singer

Deaths in Music

  • 1765 Antonio Tonelli, composer, dies at 79
  • 1788 John Logan, Scottish conductor (Ode to the Cuckoo), dies at about 40
  • 1842 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, dies at 76
  • 1848 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer, dies at 60
  • 1883 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1904 Per Jonas Fredrik Vilhelm Svedbom, composer, dies at 61
  • 1921 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1922 Alphonse Goovaerts, composer, dies at 75
  • 1930 Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer, dies at 65
  • 1936 Pierre Maurice, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • 1942 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer, dies at 32
  • 1943 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer, dies at 82
  • 1954 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • 1954 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • 1971 Byron Arnold, composer, dies at 70
  • 1980 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • 1985 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • 1995 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies at 78
  • 1995 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • 1998 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)

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2006 James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply The Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • 2007 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • 2008 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • 2009 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)

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2016 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), dies of suspected heart failure at 53

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael