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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1930 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers

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 Robert Wright and George Forrest's musical "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 Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's"Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • 1965 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow
  • 1965 "Rubber Soul", the sixth studio album by the Beatles, is released in the United Kingdom

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1978 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1979 11 members of the audience trampled to death during a stampede to claim unreserved seats for a concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 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

  • 1509 Kanaka Dasa, Indian musician and composer of Carnatic music, born in Baada, Vijayanagara Empire (now Karnataka, India) (d. 1609)
  • 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 (d. 1945)
  • 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 [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1914 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1914 Edward "Corky" Cornelius, American jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Gene Krupa), born in Cicero, Indiana (d. 1943)
  • 1919 Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera, 1953-64), 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)

Person of interestAndy Williams

1927 Andy Williams, American pop singer ("Moon River"; "Days of Wine and Roses"), born in Wall Lake, Iowa (d. 2012)

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • 1929 Clarence Ford, American jazz and R&B clarinet and saxophone player, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Paul Harris Turok, American composer, educator and music critic (Ragtime Caprice), born in New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), born in Breslau, Weimar Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1931 [Mary] Jaye P. Morgan, American pop singer ("All I Want From You"), game show panelist (Gong Show), born in Mancos, Colorado
  • 1932 Corry Brokken, Dutch pop singer (1957 Eurovision), born in Breda, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1938 José Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon; Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile), 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, American choreographer known for her collaborations with composer Steve Reich (Drumming), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1947 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

1948 (John) "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, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Starship - "Jane"; Starship -"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"), born in Cairo, Georgia
  • 1951 Mike Stock, British songwriter and producer (Stock, Aitken & Waterman; Rick Astley; Bananarama; Kylie Minogue), born in Margate, Kent, England
  • 1951 Nicky Stevens [Helen Maria Thomas], Welsh pop singer (Brotherhood of Man - "Save Your Kisses For Me"), born in Carmarthen, Wales, U.K.
  • 1951 Kimberley Rew, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Katrina and the Waves - "Walking on Sunshine"), born in Bristol, England
  • 1952 Don Barnes, American rock guitarist (38 Special - "Teacher, Teacher"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1952 Duane Roland, American southern-rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster), born in Jeffersonville, Indiana (d. 2006)
  • 1954 Paul Gregg, American country bassist singer (Restless Heart - Big Dreams In A Small Town), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • 1963 Joe Lally, American rock bassist (Fugazi), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1968 Montell Jordan [Barnett], American R&B singer, record producer ("This Is How We Do It"), and pastor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Bill Steer, Scottish-British heavy metal guitarist (Napalm Death; Carcass; Gentlemans Pistols), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • 1970 Amy Helm, American singer-songwriter (Ollabelle), born in Woodstock, New York
  • 1975 Mickey Avalon [Yeshe Perl], American rapper, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1975 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép), born in Beregszász, Transcarpathia
  • 1978 Trina [Katrina Laverne Taylor], American rapper (Glamorest Life), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1979 Daniel Bedingfield, English-New Zealand pop singer-songwriter ("Gotta Get Thru This"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982 Jaycee Chan, American-born Hong Kong singer and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 Sherri DuPree-Bemis, American pop-rock singer-songwriter (Eisley), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1994 Lil Baby [Dominique Armani Jones] American rapper and singer-songwriter (My Turn), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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 American rock singer Marilyn Manson [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, Bohemian violinist, and 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
  • 1941 Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (Rustle of Spring) dies at 85
  • 1942 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, dies at 75
  • 1954 Enrique Soro, Chilean 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
  • 1989 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), dies at 76
  • 1994 Lesley Peacock, jazz photogrpaher/author, dies
  • 1998 Pierre Hétu, French Canadian conductor and pianist, dies at 62
  • 1999 Madeline Kahn, American stage and screen actress (What's Up, Doc?; Young Frankenstein; Paper Moon; Blazing Saddles), and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 57
  • 1999 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2000 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78
  • 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 rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), dies from a stroke at 69
  • 2015 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • 2015 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), dies at 81
  • 2016 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 81
  • 2016 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, dies at 93
  • 2020 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, dies of cancer at 75