On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 27

Events in Music

  • 1903 "Sweet Adeline", a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • 1932 Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City
  • 1934 "Thumbs Up" a musical revue, including music and lyrics by Vernon Duke & James Hanley premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 7th Symphony in Siberia

  • 1954 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in NYC for 92 performances
  • 1961 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1964 The Supremes 1st appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" singing "Come See About Me"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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" (Best Picture 2003), based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones released.


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, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director ( Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), born in Mittweida, Saxony, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1845 Augusto (de Oliveira) Machado, Portuguese composer (Lauriane; Camões es os Luziadas), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1924)
  • 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, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), born in Ebrington, Gloucestshire (d. 1937)
  • 1864 Joseph Lauber, Swiss concert pianist and composer, born in Ruswil, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • 1874 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Bernard van Dieren, composer
  • 1888 (Raffaele Attilio) "Tito" Schipa, Italian tenor and composer (La Rondine), born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1965)
  • 1890 Maurice Schoemaker, composer
  • 1892 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, Polish pianist, composer and educator (Triptych Champétre), born in Ksawerynow (d. 1979)

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 Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), born in Škaljari, Montenegro (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer and actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Nils-Eric Ringbom, Finnish composer, born in Turku (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Endre Szervanszky, composer [or Jan 1]
  • 1914 Ivan Sutton, British concert promoter (City Music Society), born in Purley, London (d. 1996)
  • 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 & the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross the Mersey"), born in Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 1941 Michael Thomas "Mike" 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
  • 1943 Peter Sinfield, British lyricist (King Crimson; Emerson, Lake, & Palmer; Celine Dion), and haiku poet, born in Fulham, London, England
  • 1944 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • 1944 Tracy Nelson, American blues rock singer (Mother Earth), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1947 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947 Alan Bruce "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York
  • 1948 Larry Byrom, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf, 1969-71), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1948 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), born in Woking, Surrey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons; Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 Karla Bonoff, American rock singer (New World, Restless Nights), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1952 David Knopfler, British singer-songwriter (Dire Straits), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956 Karl Denson, American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist (Lenny Kravitz; Tiny Universe), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1960 Donald Nally, American choral conductor (The Crossing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 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. [Marcus Cooper], American R&B singer (Pretty Ricky), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1985 Tivon Pennicott, Jamaican-American jazz saxophonist (Celery Juice), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1988 Hayley Williams, American singer-songwriter (Paramore; Petals for Armor), born in Meridian, Mississippi,
  • 1998 Briar Nolet, Canadian actress and dancer (The Next Step, Blood Hunters), born in Toronto, Ontario

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

  • 1596 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), dies at 64
  • 1858 Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Alessandro Nini, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • 1916 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and 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 pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), 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, American singer (Bob Kuban), murdered at 40
  • 1986 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1995 Shura Cherkassky, American classical pianist, dies at 86
  • 1997 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, dies at 73
  • 2004 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), dies at 69
  • 2015 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • 2015 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), dies at 63
  • 2019 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble) dies at 76