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)
  • 1877 Johnannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna
  • 1884 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig
  • 1929 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in NYC
  • 1948 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • 1954 "House of Flowers" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 165 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1954 Harold Arlen and Truman Capotes musical "House of Flowers" premieres in NYC

  • 1961 Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 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

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1566 Alessandro Piccinini, composer
  • 1569 Georg Quitschreiber, composer
  • 1678 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1741 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer
  • 1756 Pavel Vranicky, composer
  • 1775 Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer
  • 1848 Mary Frances Allitsen, composer
  • 1853 Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager, composer
  • 1859 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, composer
  • 1864 Alessandro Longo, composer
  • 1880 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein
  • 1884 Karl Heinrich David, composer
  • 1887 Henry George Ley, composer
  • 1892 Jaromir Fiala, composer
  • 1898 Vincent Lopez, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1904 Dmitry B Kabalevsky, composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1907 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, Dutch model/singer (Haghezangers)
  • 1913 Svend Simon Schultz, composer
  • 1919 David Willcocks, conductor and composer (Kings College choir), born in Newquay, Cornwall, (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Bo Diddley, [Ellas Bates], Miss, rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley)
  • 1931 Skeeter Davis, [Mary Penick], Dry Ridge Ky, singer (End of World)
  • 1934 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Bruno Canino, composer
  • 1937 John Hartford, American country singer (Gentle on My Mind), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Paul Stookey, singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1942 Michael Nesmith, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942 Robert Quine, American guitarist, born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Rolf Gehlhaar, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945 Davy Jones, singer (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • 1945 Preston Andrew Trombly, composer
  • 1946 Patti Smith, rock vocalist (Radio Ethiopia), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England
  • 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 soprano
  • 1955 Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
  • 1956 Suzy Bogguss, singer (I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart), born in Aledo, Illinois
  • 1959 Tracey Ullman, Slough England, singer/actress (Tracey Ullman Show)
  • 1962 Paul Crowder, rocker (The Adventures-Sea of Love)
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1969 Jay Kay, English musician (Jamiroquai)
  • 1978 Zbigniew Robert PromiƄski, Polish drummer
  • 1978 Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • 1980 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1988 Leon Jackson, Scottish singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1796 Jean-Baptiste Lamoyne, composer, dies at 45
  • 1821 Angelo Maria Benincori, composer, dies at 42
  • 1825 Peter Gronland, composer, dies at 64
  • 1828 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, dies at 38
  • 1940 Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79
  • 1946 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer, dies at 65
  • 1967 Bert Berns, US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38
  • 1971 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • 1973 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101
  • 1979 Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77
  • 1986 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • 1993 Mack David, US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1998 Johnny Moore, American singer (The Drifters) (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer and actress (b. 1963)
  • 2004 Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, 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)