On This Day in Music for December 26

Events in Music

  • 1830 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Anna Bolena" premieres in Milan
  • 1831 Vincenzo Bellini's opera "Norma" premieres in Milan
  • 1871 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
  • 1892 Opera "Cristoforo Colombo" is produced (La Scala)
  • 1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" by George and Ira Gershwin opens on Broadway

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1935 Stalin views Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady Macbeth"

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1936 Israel's Philarmonic Orchestra forms
  • 1946 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • 1946 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1947 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances
  • 1957 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
  • 1960 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC
  • 1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow
  • 1963 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the United States
  • 1964 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

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1965 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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1966 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1968 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • 1976 "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik
  • 1988 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • 1687 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violinist/composer
  • 1762 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer
  • 1793 Franz Hunten, composer
  • 1797 Hans Skramstad, composer
  • 1805 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer
  • 1808 Albert Grisar, composer
  • 1812 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer
  • 1826 Franz Coenen, composer
  • 1845 Salvatore Auteri Manzocchi, composer
  • 1855 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, born in Ratibor, Province of Silesia (d. 1933)
  • 1869 Harry Redman, composer
  • 1873 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch composer/choir conductor (Minstrels)
  • 1873 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, born in Belgrade (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, composer
  • 1879 Julius Weismann, composer
  • 1893 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer
  • 1893 Yury Nikolayevich Tyulin, composer
  • 1894 Antonio Molina, composer
  • 1901 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, composer
  • 1910 Imperio Argentina, Argentine actress and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/vocalist (Walkin' at the River)
  • 1916 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, born in Hogbo near Sandviken (d. 1953)

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1921 Steve Allen, American comedian/TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • 1926 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Zlatko Pibernik, composer
  • 1929 Régine, French singer and nightclub owner
  • 1931 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician
  • 1935 Abdul "Duke" Fakir, American rock vocalist (Four Tops), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 [Harvey] Phil Spector, record producer (Wall of Sound)
  • 1942 Earl Cate, Ark, American country singer and twin (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks)
  • 1942 Ernie Cate, Ark, American country singer and twin (Cate Bros - Fire on the Tracks)
  • 1942 Rob de Nijs, Dutch singer (Put a candle in your window)
  • 1949 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Michael Jones, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • 1952 Andre-Michel Schub, pianist (Van Cliburn-1981), born in Paris, France
  • 1953 Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • 1954 Peter Woods, rocker (Romeo Void-Girl in Trouble)
  • 1963 Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All)
  • 1970 James Mercer, American musician (The Shins)
  • 1970 Krissada Terrence, Thai singer and actor
  • 1979 Chris Daughtry, American singer
  • 1979 Mzbel, Ghanaian singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1941 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald

Deaths in Music

  • 1736 Antonio Caldara, composer, dies
  • 1827 Jan David Holland, composer, dies at 81
  • 1836 Hans Georg Nageli, composer, dies at 63
  • 1887 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40
  • 1916 Bernhard Scholz, composer, dies at 81
  • 1918 Bertram Luard-Selby, composer, dies at 65
  • 1937 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47
  • 1950 Emile Enthoven, composer, dies at 47
  • 1957 Artur Malawski, composer, dies at 53
  • 1958 Harry Redman, composer, dies on 89th birthday
  • 1966 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75
  • 1974 Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
  • 1974 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, dies at 68
  • 1974 Farid al-Atrash, Arab composer, singer, virtuoso oud player, and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1977 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, dies at 53
  • 1989 Lennox Berkeley, composer, dies at 86
  • 1992 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
  • 1999 Curtis Mayfield, American musician (b. 1942)
  • 2000 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 2004 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • 2004 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer, dies of Cancer at 51
  • 2010 Teena Marie, American singer and composer (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88