On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 28

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1821 Composer Gioachino Rossini moves to Bologna

  • 1910 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1925 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in New York City

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1928 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made
  • 1944 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1
  • 1963 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1963 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Merle Haggard's 1st appearance on country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "The Execution of Stepan Razin"

  • 1968 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • 1968 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • 1970 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic NYC for 19 performances
  • 1975 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • 1976 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1993 Andrea Bocelli makes his classical debut singing at a concert at Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 American country singer Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Birthdays in Music

  • 1651 Johann Krieger, German organist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1735)
  • 1694 Ceslav Vanura, Czech composer, born in Miletín (d. 1736)
  • 1731 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master
  • 1738 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, composer
  • 1751 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer
  • 1753 Johan Wikmanson, composer
  • 1783 Robert Gallenberg, composer
  • 1805 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
  • 1812 Julius Reitz, composer
  • 1837 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1842 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), born in Verchères (d. 1891)
  • 1845 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer
  • 1859 Gerard Brucken Fock, Dutch composer and painter, born in Koudekerke, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1860 Alexander von Fielitz, composer
  • 1888 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer
  • 1896 Roger Huntington Sessions, composer (Black Masks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1903 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel
  • 1908 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), born in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Inocente Carreño, Venezuelan composer, born in Porlamar, Venezuela (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • 1921 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), born in Ulm, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kiev (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Kamilló Lendvay, Hungarian composer (Pezzo Concertanto), born in Budapest (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • 1931 John de Mol, Dutch vocalist/composer/producer
  • 1932 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1932 [Grace] Nichelle Nichols, American actress (Star Trek - "Lt. Uhura") and singer (Down To Earth), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1938 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Alvin Singleton, American composer ("After Fallen Crumbs"; "Shadows", born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1940 Lonnie Liston Smith, American jazz piano and keyboard player (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady), born in Richmond, Virginia,
  • 1940 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1993)
  • 1943 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London, England
  • 1943 Bobby Comstock, rocker
  • 1945 Dwight Bement, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl)
  • 1946 Edgar Winter, American rock musician ("Frankenstein"; "Free Ride"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1947 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • 1950 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1953 Richard Clayderman, French pop instrumental pianist (Amour, Romantic America), born in Paris
  • 1953 Roberto Cacciapaglia, Italian pianist and composer of electronic and classical music, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956 Kenneth Grant, American funk bassist andvocalist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • 1956 Nigel Kennedy, British classical, jazz and Klezmer violinist, born in Brighton, England
  • 1958 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Mike McGuire, American country music songwriter and drummer (Shenandoah - "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)"), born in Hamilton, Alabama
  • 1959 Ana Torroja, Spanish pop singer (Mecano), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Marty Roe, American country singer (Diamond Rio - "Meet in the Middle"), born in Lebanon Ohio,
  • 1962 Rachel Z [Nicolazzo], American jazz and rock pianist ("Tokyo Blue"; Ozmosys), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), born in Orange, France (d. 1999)
  • 1973 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress, born in Jondal, Norway

Person of interestJohn Legend

1978 John Legend [Stephens], American singer-songwriter("All Of Me"), producer and actor (Crow: The Legend: Jesus Christ, Superstar), born in Springfield, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
John Legend
  • 1979 Senna Guemmour, German singer-songwriter (Monrose), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1990 David Archuleta, American singer (American Idol runner-up), born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page

LoveWedding of Interest

1993 Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (32) weds Leticia Finley (26)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

Divorces in Music

  • 2010 Film and record company executive Justin Siegel (23) divorces actress-singer Emmy Rossum due to irreconcilable differences after a year-and-a-half of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1779 Gennaro Manna, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1830 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, Flemish composer, dies at 83
  • 1862 Joaquim Casimiro Jr., Portuguese composer, dies at 54
  • 1870 Alexei Fyodorovich Lvov, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1878 José Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, dies at 90
  • 1891 Alfred Cellier, British conductor (Glibert and Sullivan) and composer (Dorothy), dies at 47
  • 1916 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81

Person of interestMaurice Ravel

1937 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), dies at 62

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • 1946 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • 1952 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)

Person of interestPaul Hindemith

1963 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68

Composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
  • 1971 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 83
  • 1976 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), dies at 42
  • 1982 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, dies at 84
  • 1983 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • 1985 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), dies at 78
  • 1990 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 1992 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
  • 1995 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1997 Henry Barraud, French composer, dies at 97
  • 2006 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95
  • 2007 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • 2009 James Owen Sullivan, American drummer and songwriter (Avenged Sevenfold) dies aged 28
  • 2010 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), dies at 97
  • 2010 Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show) and broadcaster (NPR), dies after a heart attack at 89 [1]
  • 2015 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • 2015 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51
  • 2015 John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), dies at 62
  • 2016 (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away
  • 2017 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94
  • 2018 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), dies at 81
  • 2018 Christine McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 92
  • 2019 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 95
  • 2020 Armando Manzanero, Mexican composer and singer (It’s Impossible, Adoro), dies at 86 [1]
  • 2020 Fou Ts'ong, Chinese-British concert pianist, dies of Covis-19 at 86