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
  • 1907 Gustav Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera
  • 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
  • 1963 Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir played music together for the 1st time
  • 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
  • 1970 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to disolve The Beatles
  • 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
  • 1979 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts
  • 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 & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

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1995 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1724 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, composer
  • 1799 Thomas Taglichsbeck, composer
  • 1826 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)
  • 1846 Richard Kleinmichel, composer
  • 1859 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)
  • 1874 Ernest Austin, composer
  • 1894 Ernest John Moeran, British composer
  • 1899 Silvestre Revueltas, Santiago Papasquiaro Mexico, composer (Sensemaya)
  • 1902 Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Nathan Milstein, Odessa Russia, concert violinist (Philadelphia Orch 1942)
  • 1904 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)
  • 1905 Jule Styne, England, songwriter/composer (1954 Acad Award, 1968 Tony)
  • 1908 Marko Rothmuller, composer
  • 1920 Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Rex Allen, Wilcox Az, cowboy singer (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor)
  • 1928 Ross Barbour, singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana
  • 1930 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1940 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru)
  • 1942 Andy Summers, English rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1943 Peter Quaife, English rock bassist (the Kinks - Long Tall Sally), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)

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1943 John Denver, American country singer (Rocky Mt High, "thank god he's a country boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • 1943 Pete Qualfe, English rocker (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)
  • 1947 Burton Cummings, rock guitarist (Guess Who-These Eyes)
  • 1947 Rita Lee, Brazilian Rock Star

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1948 Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 1949 Sara K. [Sara Katherine Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1951 Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • 1951 Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)
  • 1959 Paul Westerberg, singer (The Replacements)
  • 1959 Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician
  • 1963 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Michel Brunet, Gatineau Quebec, ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd)
  • 1972 Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, rocker (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever)
  • 1973 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)
  • 1978 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1979 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly)

Weddings in Music

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

HeartWedding of Interest

2001 Singer Prince (Rogers Nelson) (43) weds Manuela Testolini

HeartWedding 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
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • 2005 "One Tree Hill" actress Bethany Joy Lenz (24) weds "Enation" musician Michael Galeotti in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 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, 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 (Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • 1954 Peter Van Anrooy, conductor/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 V Dragoi, composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Salvatore Baccaloni,Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1970 Cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91
  • 1975 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47
  • 1981 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60
  • 1985 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45
  • 1986 Lester Albert Trimble, composer, dies at 63
  • 1996 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997 Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2000 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)
  • 2005 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77

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

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole