On This Day in Music for December 27

Events in Music

  • 1903 "Sweet Adeline", a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung
  • 1932 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City
  • 1934 Vernon Duke & James Hanley's musical premieres in NYC
  • 1941 Siberia: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 7th Symphony
  • 1954 "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 1954 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint" premieres in NYC
  • 1961 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 performances
  • 1966 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1967 Leonard Cohen releases his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" on Columbia Records

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1970 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at St James Theater NYC after 2844 performances
  • 1972 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

1978 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins

  • 1986 "Les Miserables" opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • 1992 "3 From Brooklyn" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1992 "Les Miserables" opens at Ostregaswerks, Copenhagen
  • 1992 "Tommy Tune Tonite! Song & Dance Act" opens at Gershwin NYC for 10 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in NY's JFK airport

  • 1993 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 7 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

2002 "Chicago", based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones, is released (Best Picture 2003)


Birthdays in Music

  • 1572 Jan Campanus, Czech composer and humanist, born in Vodňany (d. 1622)
  • 1748 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer ( strathspeys The Marchioness of Huntly), born in Fochabers, Scotland (d. 1833)
  • 1752 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer
  • 1800 John Goss, English organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), (d. 1880)
  • 1822 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, born in Aber­ystwyth, Wales (d. 1877)
  • 1825 Reinhold Finsterbusch, composer
  • 1845 Augusto de Oliviera Machado, composer
  • 1856 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, born in Paris, France (d. 1926)
  • 1859 William Henry Hadow, composer
  • 1874 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Bernard van Dieren, composer
  • 1888 Tito Schipa, tenor/composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Maurice Schoemaker, composer
  • 1892 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

1901 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1992)

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1902 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), born in Budapest (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Ivan Brkanovic, composer
  • 1906 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Nils-Eric Ringbom, composer
  • 1907 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]
  • 1925 Allan Blank, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Jacqueline Fontijn, Flemish composer
  • 1931 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Leslie Maguire, English pianist (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Cross the Mersey), born in Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Mike Pinder [Michael Thomas Pinder], English keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1942 Mike Heron, rock musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician
  • 1944 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love is), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1944 Tracy Nelson, American singer, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1947 Janet Perry, American soprano
  • 1948 Larry Byrom, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)
  • 1950 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 Karla Bonoff, rock singer (New World, Restless Nights)
  • 1952 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1960 Donald Nally, American choral conductor
  • 1967 Niels Meijer, Dutch rock keyboardist (Bob Color)
  • 1972 Matt Slocum, American musician (Sixpence None the Richer)
  • 1973 Kristoffer Zegers, Dutch composer
  • 1980 Cas Haley, American singer and guitarist
  • 1981 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England
  • 1982 James Mead, American guitarist (Kutless)
  • 1982 Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)
  • 1984 Pleasure P, American R&B Singer. Former member of Pretty Ricky (band)
  • 1998 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Canada

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 "New Girl" actress Zooey Deschanel (31) divorces "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (35) due to irreconcilable differences


Deaths in Music

  • 1595 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), dies at 63
  • 1858 Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Alessandro Nini, composer, dies at 75
  • 1916 Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1919 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, dies at 73
  • 1931 Peter C. Lutkin, composer, dies at 73
  • 1931 Walter Courvoisier, composer, dies at 56
  • 1944 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1953 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, dies at 59
  • 1978 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27
  • 1981 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • 1983 Walter Scott, rocker, dies
  • 1986 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1995 Shura Cherkassky, pianist, dies at 86
  • 2004 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • 2015 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68