On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 25

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1940 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Pal Joey" premieres in NYC

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1955 Pope Pius XII encyclical on sacred music & popular music

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

1973 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Actor Robert Redford
Robert Redford
Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 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
  • 1725 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1803)
  • 1728 Johann Adam Hiller, German composer, born in Wendisch-Ossig, Saxony (d. 1804)
  • 1750 John "Christmas" Beckwith, composer
  • 1765 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
  • 1775 Antun Sorkocevic, Ragusan composer and diplomat, born in Dubrovnik, Republic of Ragusa (d. 1841)
  • 1815 Temistocle Solera, composer
  • 1829 Patrick Gilmore, Irish-born American bandmaster and composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), born in Ballygar, Ireland (d. 1892)
  • 1831 Johann Herbeck, composer
  • 1837 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner
  • 1845 Salvatore Auteri-Manzocchi, Italian opera composer (Graziella), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Raoul Gunsbourg, Romanian born French composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1955)
  • 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, American 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, Argentine folklorist, musicologist, and poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919 Naushad Ali, Indian music director (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Jerome Richardson, American jazz musician, born in Oakland, California (d. 2000)
  • 1923 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) born in Eagle Pass, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban composer and musician (d. 1987)
  • 1928 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1941 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Barry Goldberg, American blues musician (The Rides), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), born in Bungaree, Victoria (d. 1989)
  • 1944 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • 1944 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1945 (David) Noel Redding, British rock bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), born in Folkstone, England (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Steve Mancha [Clyde Wilson], American singer/songwriter (Too Many Cooks)
  • 1946 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama

Person of interestBarbara Mandrell

1948 Barbara Mandrell, American country singer and TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1948 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter") and actress, born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Simone [Bittencourt de Oliveira], Brazilian pop-samba singer born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • 1949 Joe Louis Walker, American as an electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 Desireless [Claudie Fritsch-Mentrop], French singer (Voyage, voyage), born in Paris, France
  • 1954 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist andguitarist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"),born in Birmingham, England
  • 1954 Steve Wariner, American country singer (Small Town Girl), born in Noblesville, Indiana
  • 1957 Jan Rot, Dutch composer (Wrong Nights; St. Matthew's Passion),born in Makassar, Indonesia
  • 1957 Shane MacGowan, punk rock musician (Pogues - "Red Roses For Me"), born in Pembury, Kent
  • 1958 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (Rockinghorse, Black Velvet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Tim Royes, English-American music video director, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1967 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise), born in Hermosa, California (d. 1996)
  • 1971 Noel Hogan, Irish musician (Cranberries), born in Moyross, Ireland

Person of interestDido

1971 Dido [Florian O'Malley Armstrong], English pop singer (No Angel; Eminem's "Stan"), born in London, England

Singer Dido
  • 1972 Josh Freese, American session and touring rock drummer(Devo; Sting; Nine Inch Nails; Kelly Clarkson), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1976 Tuomas Holopainen, Finnish rock keyboardist and songwriter (Nightwish), born in Kitee, Finland
  • 1982 Shystie [Chanel Cali], British rapper-songwriter, born in London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Jessica Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • 1984 Lisa Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia

Deaths in Music

  • 1765 Antonio Tonelli, Italian cellist and 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 Johan Erik Nordblom, Swedish composer, dies at 60
  • 1883 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, Polish guitarist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1904 Vilhelm Svedbom, Swedish composer, dies at 61
  • 1921 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1921 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), dies at 68
  • 1922 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), dies at 75
  • 1930 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), 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, American composer, dies at 70
  • 1980 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • 1985 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • 1989 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80

Person of interestDean Martin

1995 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer, comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies of throat cancer at 78

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1995 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • 1995 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 101
  • 1995 Marijan Lipovsek, Slovenian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 85
  • 1997 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, dies at 76
  • 1998 Bryan MacLean, American singer, musician and songwriter (Love) (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Birgit Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1918)

Person of interestJames Brown

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

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 2007 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • 2007 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • 2008 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • 2009 Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2009 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, American rock guitarist (Redbone), dies of liver failure at 63
  • 2011 Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood [Euclid James Sherwood], American rock musician (Mothers Of Invention), dies at 69
  • 2011 Israel Baker, American concert and session violinist (NBC Symphony; Paramount Studios Orchestra), dies at 92

Person of interestGeorge Michael

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
  • 2016 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), dies from cancer at 68
  • 2016 Valery Khalilov, Russian military conductor and composer, dies in a plane crash in the Black Sea, near Sochi, at 64
  • 2017 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), dies at 84 [1]
  • 2020 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), dies at 69 [1]
  • 2020 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88