On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 31

Events in Music

  • 1680 Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens
  • 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC
  • 1923 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City

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1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1955 "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1961 "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 1966 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
  • 1967 "Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 performances

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1970 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1974 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
  • 1977 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • 1977 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 1978 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • 1978 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 1978 The Runaways' band's last ever concert at Daly City, CA.'s Cow Palace
  • 1979 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts

Music concertMusic Concert

1980 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "The River Tour" concert at Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, New York) clocks in at almost 4 hours

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash
  • 1989 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • 1989 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1993 Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1995 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC
  • 1995 "Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1995 "Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances
  • 1995 "Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1995 "Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1995 "Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel

Singer Lorde

Birthdays in Music

  • 1573 Giulio Cesare Monteverdi, Italian composer (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), born in Italy (d. 1630 or 31)
  • 1724 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, Czech organist & composer, born in Lahošť, Czech Republic (d. 1788)
  • 1799 Thomas Taglichsbeck, German violinist & composer, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1867)
  • 1826 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)
  • 1846 Richard Kleinmichel, Russian composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1901)
  • 1859 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Ernest Austin, English composer, born in Poplar, London (d. 1947)
  • 1894 Ernest John Moeran, English composer, born in London Borough of Hounslow, United Kingdom (d. 1950)
  • 1899 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer (Sensemaya), born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico (d. 1940)
  • 1902 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American concert violinist (Philadelphia Orch 1942), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1905 Jule Styne, English songwriter & composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Marko Rothmuller, Croatian composer, born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia (d. 1993)
  • 1908 John Kirby [Kirk], American jazz double-bassist and tuba player (Benny Goodman; "Undecided"), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1952)
  • 1916 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)
  • 1917 Joan McCracken, American actress, dancer and comedian (Claudie Story of a Marriage), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1920 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), born in Willcox, Arizona (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue ( Academy of Ancient Music), born in Amsterdam (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Odetta [Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Fred F. Carter Jr., American country session guitarist, singer, producer and composer (Nashville's "A-Team"), born in Winnsboro, Louisiana (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1940 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), born in New York City (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1942 Andy Summers, English rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1943 Pete Quaife, English rock bassist (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, England (d. 2010)

Person of interestJohn Denver

1943 John Denver, American country singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1947 Burton Cummings, Canadian rock singer-songwriter, and keyboardist (Guess Who - "These Eyes"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1947 Rita Lee [Jones], Brazilian rock singer, songwriter and musician (Os Mutantes), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1947 June Tabor, British folk singer, born in Warwick, England

Person of interestDonna Summer

1948 Donna Summer [LaDonna Gaines], American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On the Radio"; "Last Dance"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer
  • 1948 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), born in Bromley, England (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Sara K. [Sara Katherine Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Fermin Goytisolo, American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Tom Hamilton, American rock bassist (Aerosmith - "Dream On"), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1953 Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1997)
  • 1959 Paul Westerberg, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Replacements), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician, born in Boe District, Nauru
  • 1962 Jennifer Higdon, American classical music composer (2010 Pulitzer; 3 Grammy Awards) and educator (Curtis Institute of Music, 1994 - present), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1963 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1969 David Rawlings, American guitarist and singer, works with Gillian Welch (All the Good Times), born in North Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • 1972 Joey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter (New Kids On The Block - "Lovin' You Forever"), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap), born in Dumfries, United Kingdom

Person of interestPsy

1977 Psy [Park Jae-sang], South Korean pop star (Gangnam Style), born in Seoul, South Korea

K-Pop Star Psy
K-Pop Star
  • 1978 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly), born in Downers Grove, Illinois

Weddings in Music

  • 2001 Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (43) weds Canadian businesswoman Manuela Testolini; divorce in 2006

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (28) weds "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (24) at a beach ceremony in Port Douglas, Australia

Musician Daniel Johns
Daniel Johns
  • 2005 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon

LoveWedding of Interest

2007 Actress Billie Piper (25) marries fellow actor Laurence Fox (29)

Singer and Actress Billie Piper
Singer and Actress
Billie Piper
  • 2011 "American Idol" alum and rocker James Durbin (22) weds Heidi Lowe at the edge of a redwood and oak forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1647 Giovanni Maria Trabaci, composer, dies
  • 1802 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, composer, dies at 53
  • 1809 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer, dies at 75
  • 1818 Jean-Pierre Duport, French composer, dies at 77
  • 1848 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, dies at 69
  • 1859 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1877 Alberto Mazzucato, composer, dies at 64
  • 1916 Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76
  • 1941 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • 1950 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • 1954 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75
  • 1958 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1960 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1968 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
  • 1968 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1970 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Alchemist), dies at 91
  • 1975 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47
  • 1981 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60

Person of interestRicky Nelson

1985 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • 1986 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, dies at 63
  • 1991 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), dies at 83
  • 1995 Eduardo Hernández Moncada, Mexican composer and pianist, dies at 96
  • 1996 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2000 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2005 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies of cancer at 73
  • 2007 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77

Person of interestNatalie Cole

2015 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 2018 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), dies from complications relating to Parkinson's disease at 72 [1]