On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 3

Events in Music

  • 1907 George Cohan's musical "Talk of the Town" premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1908 Edward Elgar's 1st Symphony in A performed by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, premieres in Manchester, England

Composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
  • 1930 Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1939 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1943 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1953 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances
  • 1953 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' 5th String Quartet
  • 1953 "In the Jailhouse Now" single recorded by Webb Pierce (Billboard Song of the Year 1955)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • 1954 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • 1960 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances
  • 1961 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
  • 1965 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow

MurderAssassination Attempt

1967 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1978 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" closes at Minskoff NYC after 16 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

1984 "Do They Know It's Christmas" single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by Band Aid is released in the UK

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1995 "Company" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • 1995 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • 1997 "1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Spotify say Drake the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Birthdays in Music

  • 1576 Marsilio Casentini, Italian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1651)
  • 1596 Nicolo Amati, Italian violin maker (Stradivari & Guarneri), born in Cremona, Italy (d. 1684)
  • 1668 Casimir Schweizelsperg, German composer, born in Rosenheim, Upper Bavaria
  • 1729 Antonio Soler, Spanish Catalan composer (Fandango), born in Olot, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1783)
  • 1750 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, German composer, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1817)
  • 1752 Georg Friederich Fuchs, German composer, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1758 Joseph Gelinek, Czech composer, born in Beroun, Czech Republic (d. 1825)
  • 1826 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, born in Oudenaarde, Belgium (d. 1895)
  • 1883 Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern, Austrian 12-tone composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1888 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1940)
  • 1896 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, born in Radoryż (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, born in Tiflis, Russian Empire [now Tbilisi, Georgia] (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (The Boswell Sisters; Pete Kelly's Blues), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), born in Scott, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), born in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada, the Godfather films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1919 Charles Craig, English opera singer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), born in Desloge, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), born in Plauen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Andy Williams, American singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Clarence Ford, American sax player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, born in New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Werner Rackwitz, German musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Jaye P. Morgan, American pop singer, actress and game show panelist (Gong Show, Night Patrol), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • 1932 Corry Brokken, Dutch singer (1957 Eurovision)
  • 1938 Jose Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1944 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), born in Braga, Portugal (d. 1984)
  • 1945 Laura Dean, Staten Island composer/choreographer (Drumming), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1948 Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

1948 Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1949 Mickey Thomas, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Starship)
  • 1951 Mike Stock, rocker (Stock, Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • 1951 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • 1952 Don Barnes, rock guitarist (38 Special)
  • 1952 Duane Roland, rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet)
  • 1954 Paul Gregg, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
  • 1963 Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • 1968 Montell Jordan, American singer and record producer
  • 1969 Bill Steer, British guitarist
  • 1975 Mickey Avalon, American rapper
  • 1975 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép)
  • 1978 Trina, American rapper
  • 1979 Daniel Bedingfield, English New Zealand singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982 Jaycee Chan, American-born Hong Kong singer and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Sherri DuPree, American vocalist

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1940 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Albert Camus
  • 2005 Marilyn Manson lead singer Brian Warner (36) weds burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (33) at Castle Gurteen in County Tipperary, Ireland

Deaths in Music

  • 1706 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and hymn writer (b. 1637)
  • 1823 Joseph Pouteau, French composer and organist, dies at 84
  • 1866 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer, dies at 65
  • 1876 Hermann Goetz, German composer, dies at 35
  • 1889 Baltasar Saldoni, composer, dies at 82
  • 1933 Richard Henry Warren, American organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1941 Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • 1942 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, dies at 75
  • 1954 Enrique Soro Barriga, composer, dies at 70
  • 1955 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, dies of hardening of the arteries at 61
  • 1960 Hermann Stephani, composer, dies at 83
  • 1961 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • 1973 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • 1978 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1986 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), dies at 80
  • 1994 Lesley Peacock, jazz photogrpaher/author, dies
  • 1998 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist, dies at 62
  • 1999 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2000 Hoyt Curtin, American songwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • 2006 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (b. 1977)
  • 2011 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2014 Ian McLagan, English rocker, dies from a stroke at 69
  • 2015 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48