On This Day in Music for December 4

Events in Music

  • 1927 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow

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1927 Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1928 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC
  • 1931 "Frankenstein" opens at Mayfair
  • 1948 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances

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1951 Aaron Copland's and Jerome Robbins' ballet "The Pied Piper" premieres in New York City

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • 1954 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 1954 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • 1964 The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album
  • 1965 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances

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1980 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • 1983 "Amen Corner" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 83 performances
  • 1983 "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • 1983 David Shire & R Maltby Jr's musical "Baby" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1985 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 1994 "Angels in America-Perestroika" closes at W Kerr NYC after 216 performances
  • 1994 "Angels in America-Millennium Approach" closes at Kerr after 367 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1996 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1997 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • 1660 Andre Campra, French composer, (d. 1744) baptismal date
  • 1667 Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, composer
  • 1708 Marianus Konigsperger, composer
  • 1720 Jean-Jacques Robson, composer
  • 1791 Johann Gottlob Topfer, composer
  • 1825 Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer
  • 1838 Melesio Morales, composer
  • 1861 Lillian Russell [Helen Leonard], American singer and actress (Great Mogul), born in Clinton, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1879 Herbert Hamilton Harty, composer
  • 1910 Alex North, Chester Penn, composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata)
  • 1921 Deanna Durbin, Winnipeg Manitoba, actress/vocalist (100 Men & a Girl), (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, composer
  • 1930 Roman Semyonovich Ledenyou, composer
  • 1930 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist, (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Edgar Valcarcel, composer
  • 1936 Larry Davis, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1938 Yvonne Minton, Australian soprano
  • 1940 Freddy Cannon, [Picariello], Lynn Ma, rocker (Palisades Park)
  • 1942 Bob Mosley, Paradise Valley CA, rock bassist (Moby Grape)
  • 1944 Chris Hillman, San Diego Caliafornia, singer (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn)
  • 1944 Dennis Wilson, Hawthorne CA, drummer/vocalist (Beach Boys)
  • 1944 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1947 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span)
  • 1948 Southside Johnny Lyon, NJ, rocker (Asbury Jukes-Don't Want Go Home)
  • 1951 Gary Rossington, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)
  • 1955 Brian Prout, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Troy, New York
  • 1955 Cassandra Wilson, jazz singer
  • 1956 Herbert Groenemeyer, German rocker (OE, Luxus, Chaos, Spruenge)
  • 1964 Sertab Erener, Turkish singer
  • 1965 Rob Smits, pop drummer (Kong/Phlegm)
  • 1966 Fred Armisen, American actor and musician
  • 1966 Masta Ace, American rapper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Jay-Z [Shawn Carter], American rapper and record producer (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • 1973 Racci Shay, American Musician
  • 1973 Ferry Corsten, Dutch musician and DJ
  • 1973 Kate Rusby, English folk singer
  • 1976 Amie Comeaux, American singer (d. 1997)
  • 1977 Big Pokey, American rapper
  • 1978 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
  • 1983 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1998 Olawoyin Olufemi, Nigerian Musician

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

Deaths in Music

  • 1676 Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1732 John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1836 Daniel Read, American composer, dies at 79
  • 1884 Alice Mary Smith, composer, dies at 45
  • 1915 Gustav Hollaender, composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Johan Halvorsen, composer, dies at 71
  • 1938 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54
  • 1953 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • 1954 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • 1969 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1976 Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • 1976 Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • 1985 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1993 Frank V Zappa, US music/composer (Mothers of Invention), dies at 52
  • 2004 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Pimp C, American Rapper (b. 1973)
  • 2011 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • 2016 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), dies from lung illness at 69