On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 5

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1830 Hector Berlioz's "Symphonique Fantastique" premieres in Paris

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz
  • 1890 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe
  • 1966 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
  • 1968 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP

Music releaseAlbum Release

1973 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1975 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • 1991 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances
  • 1993 "Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 1996 "Dreams & Nightmares" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Twitter reveals K-pop boy band BTS were the most tweeted-about celebrities in 2017

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star

Birthdays in Music

  • 1666 Francesco Scarlatti, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. ~1741)
  • 1687 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1762)
  • 1697 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, born in Florence (d. 1744)
  • 1697 Giuseppe de Majo, Italian composer and organist, born in Naples (d. 1771)
  • 1724 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, born in Gnadendorf, Lower Austria (d. 1799)
  • 1844 Frederick Bridge, English organist and composer, born in Oldbury, Worcestershire (d. 1924)
  • 1852 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in Langå, Denmark (d. 1927)
  • 1870 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer, born in Kamenice nad Lipou, Czech Republic (d. 1949)
  • 1878 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, born in Montebello Vicentino, Veneto, Italy (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, born in Mazyr, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1884 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1931)
  • 1888 Áskell Snorrason, Icelandic composer, born in Öndolfsstaðir, Iceland (d. 1970)
  • 1895 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1952)
  • 1898 Grace Moore, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • 1899 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 1901 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1969)
  • 1911 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, born in Sosnowiec, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields, American jazz drummer, born in Chapman, Kansas (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois

Person of interestBhumibol Adulyadej

1927 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

Person of interestLittle Richard

1932 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2020)

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • 1932 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1933 Bernard van Beurden, Dutch composer and music educator, born in Amsterdam (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Art Davis, American bassist ("A Time Remembered"), born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), born in London (d. 2019) [1]
  • 1938 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Frederik Van Rossum, Belgian pianist, composer (Waves; In memoriam Glenn Gould) , and pedagogue, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1939 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • 1945 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello) born in Crouch End, North London, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestJosé Carreras

1946 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona

Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • 1947 Jim Messina, American guitarist and songwriter (Buffalo Springfield; Poco: Loggins & Messina - "Your Mamma Don't Dance"), born in Maywood, California
  • 1947 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • 1947 Rick Wills, British bass guitarist (Peter Frampton, 1972-74: Foreigner, 1977-91), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1950 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1992)
  • 1950 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer (Oceana), born in La Plata, Argentina
  • 1952 Bobby Barth, American rocker vocalist and guitarist (Axe), born in Coffeyville, Kansas
  • 1953 John Molo, American rock and jazz drummer (Bruce Hornsby and The Range; Moonalice) ,born in Bethesda, Maryland)
  • 1956 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
  • 1960 Jack Russell, American rocker (Great White-Twice Shy), born in Montebello, California
  • 1960 Les Nemes, English rock bassist (Haircut 100), born in Croydon, England
  • 1960 Brian Bromberg, American jazz bass player (You Know That Feeling), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1962 José Cura, Argentine tenor, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1965 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician (Under Mi Sleng Teng), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1966 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant), born in Forbach, Lorraine, France
  • 1967 René Shuman, Dutch bandleader and singer, born in Geleen, Limburg, Netherlands
  • 1967 Gary Allan, American country musician (Used Heart For Sale), born in La Mirada, California
  • 1976 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese-American Mando-pop singer, born in Longview, Texas
  • 1980 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1982 Keri Hilson, American singer and songwriter (The Way I Are), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • 1994 Emily Marie Estefan, American music artist and daughter of Gloria & Emilio Estefan, born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1943 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin (35) weds actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow (39) at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Deaths in Music

  • 1663 Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, dies at 80
  • 1745 Christoph Förster, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1758 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, dies at 70

Person of interestWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian musical prodigy and composer (Figaro), dies at 35

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1799 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • 1842 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1853 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1859 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
  • 1902 Henry Stephen Cutler, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1916 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, dies at 73
  • 1940 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • 1953 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • 1963 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1972 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1977 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color) dies of a stroke at 42
  • 1986 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1987 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • 1989 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • 1992 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, dies at 80
  • 1993 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), commits suicide using a pistol at 32
  • 1995 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1996 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • 1999 Robert Parris, American composer (Book of Imaginary Beings), dies at 75
  • 2007 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • 2007 Andrew Imbrie, American composer (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2012 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2014 Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Mexican pianist, conductor (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, 1954-72), and composer, dies at 90
  • 2014 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2017 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74