On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 30

Events in Music

  • 1689 Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea
  • 1731 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
  • 1844 Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1877 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1884 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig

Composer Anton Bruckner
Anton Bruckner

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1929 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1948 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • 1948 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate" opens at the New Century Theatre, NYC, later transferred to Sam S. Shubert Theatre; runs for 1077 performances
  • 1950 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

Music releaseMusic Single

1950 "Tennessee Waltz" sung by Patti Page hits No.1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks)

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 165 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1961 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony in Moscow (completed 1936)

  • 1967 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Music releaseMusic Recording

1968 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1974 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • 1975 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1978 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 1979 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up

Music releaseMusic Single

1981 "That Girl" single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • 1990 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 1993 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances


2016 British singer-songwriter Ray Davies, of The Kinks, is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Birthdays in Music

  • 1566 Alessandro Piccinini, Italian lutenist and composer, born in Bologna, The Papal States (d. 1638)
  • 1569 Georg Quitschreiber, German composer, born in Kranichfeld, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1638)
  • 1678 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1741 Bartolomeo Giacometti, Italian composer, born in Verona, Republic of Venice (d. 1809)
  • 1756 Paul Wranitzky [Pavel Vranicky], Moravian-Austrian composer, born in Neureisch (Nová Říše) in Habsburg Moravia (now Czechia) (d. 1808)
  • 1775 Heinrich Carl Ebell, German composer, born in Neu-Rippon, Germany (d. 1824)
  • 1848 Mary Frances Allitsen, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1853 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), born in Montluçon, France (d. 1929)
  • 1859 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech composer, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1864 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Amantea, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1880 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1884 Karl Heinrich David, Swiss composer, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1951)
  • 1887 Henry George Ley, British organist, composer, and teacher (Eton, 1926-45), born in Chagford, England (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, born in Ironton, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, born in Postoloprty, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Vincent Lopez, American jazz pianist and big-band leader ("Nola"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975) [1]
  • 1904 Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1904 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Christine Auwen, Dutch model, singer and actress (Haghezangers), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1913 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer and choral director (Danish Radio Choir, 1949-79), born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark (d. 1998)
  • 1919 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College Choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Stanley Tracey, British jazz pianist and composer (Under Milk Wood), born in Denmark Hill, South London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer guitarist (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Skeeter Davis [Mary Penick], American country and pop singer ("End of World"), born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), born in Lincoln, England (d. 1999)
  • 1934 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Runaway"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Bruno Canino, Italian pianist, harpsichordist, composer, and music director, born in Naples, Italy
  • 1937 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • 1937 (Noel) Paul Stookey, singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1937 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, born in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1939 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now", born in Watts, Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Michael Nesmith, American rock guitarist (The Monkees), and singer-songwriter ("Different Drum"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Rolf Gehlhaar, German-American electronic and avant-garde composer, born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland) (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)

Person of interestDavy Jones

1945 Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), and actor (The Monkees), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones
  • 1945 Preston Andrew Trombly, American classical and jazz clarinetist, and radio broadcaster, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1946 Patti Smith, American poet and punk rock vocalist (Horses; "Because The Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Clive Bunker, British drummer (Jethro Tull, 1967-71), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1947 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing", Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1999)

Person of interestDave Stewart

1950 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England

Musician Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart
  • 1951 Nancy LaMott, American singer, born in Midland, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • 1952 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952 June Anderson, American coloratura soprano, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955 Dindo Yogo [Mabeli], Congolese singer and musician, known as La Voix Cassée, born in Lokutu, Belgian Congo (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Suzy Bogguss, American country singer ("Drive South"; "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, British actress (The Tracey Ullman Show) and singer ("They Don't Know"), born in Slough, England
  • 1959 Paul Milton Jackson Jr., American session and jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1969 Jay Kay [Jason Cheetham], English jazz-funk singer-songwriter (Jamiroquai), born in Stretford, Lancashire, England
  • 1969 Enno Poppe, German composer (Rundfunk), conductor (ensemble mosaik), and teacher, born in Hemer, Germany
  • 1978 Inferno [Zbigniew Promiński], Polish heavy metal drummer (Behemoth), born in Tczew, Poland
  • 1978 Tyrese [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer (Boy'z), and actor (Banana Boys), born in The Philippines
  • 1984 Andra Day [Cassandra Batie], American singer-songwriter ("Rise Up"), and actress (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), born in Edmonds, Washington
  • 1985 Samuel Adams, American double bassist, classical and electro-acoustic composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1986 Ellie Goulding, English singer and songwriter ("Lights", "Anything Could Happen"), born in Hereford, England
  • 1988 Leon Jackson, Scottish pop-jazz singer (The X-Factor - "When You Believe"), born in Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland
  • 1995 V [Kim Tae-hyung] South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • 1995 Dominic Fike, American rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist ("3 Nights"), born in Naples, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1879 Composer John Philip Sousa (25) weds Jane van Middlesworth Bellis

  • 1993 Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Singer Miley Cyrus (26) marries actor Liam Hemsworth (28) in Franklin, Tennessee

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth

Deaths in Music

  • 1796 Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French composer, dies at 45
  • 1821 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, dies at 42
  • 1825 Peter Grønland, Danish composer, dies at 64
  • 1828 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, dies at 38
  • 1940 Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79
  • 1946 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer (Shanewis (or The Robin Woman); The Sky Hawk), dies at 65
  • 1967 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), dies of heart failure at 38
  • 1971 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • 1973 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101

Person of interestRichard Rodgers

1979 Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), dies at 77

Composer Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers
  • 1986 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • 1993 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1993 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 1995 Clarence Satchell, American funk saxophonist (Ohio Players - "Fire";"Love Rollercoaster"), dies of a brain aneurysm at 55
  • 1998 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • 2004 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94
  • 2008 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • 2009 Rowland S. Howard, Australian guitarist (The Birthday Party) (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Bobby Farrell, Aruban singer (Boney M) (b. 1949)
  • 2014 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78
  • 2018 Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, dies at 88