On This Day in Music for December 28

Events in Music

  • 1910 Opera "Konigskinder" is produced (NYC)
  • 1925 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes" premieres in New York City
  • 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

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

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

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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

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1994 Tammy Wynette admitted to the hospital with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Birthdays in Music

  • 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
  • 1909 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1915 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, US gospel singer (Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Inocenti Carreno, composer
  • 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)
  • 1928 Kamillo Lendvay, composer
  • 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 Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura in Star Trek), born in Robbins, Illinois
  • 1938 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Alvin Singleton, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1940 Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)
  • 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)
  • 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, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)
  • 1954 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1956 Kenneth Grant, bass/vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking, Operator)
  • 1956 Nigel Kennedy, English violinist
  • 1958 Joe Diffie, country singer/guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1958 Mike McGuire, Haleyville Ala, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South)
  • 1959 Ana Torroja, Spanish singer (Mecano)
  • 1960 Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • 1962 Rachel Z, American pianist
  • 1963 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • 1973 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress
  • 1978 John Legend [John Stephens], American musician, producer, songwriter and actor (La La Land, Django Unchained), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1979 Senna Guemmour, German Singer (Monrose)
  • 1990 David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American Singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page

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 Junior, 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, composer, dies at 47
  • 1916 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
  • 1937 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62
  • 1946 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • 1952 Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
  • 1963 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68
  • 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, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39
  • 1990 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 1992 Mort Greene, US songwriter (My Grandfather's Clock), dies at 80
  • 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 Billy Taylor, American musician (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Agathe von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer (oldest von Trapp child), dies at 97
  • 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
  • 2017 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94