On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 6

Events in Music

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1841 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres

Composer Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1846 Opera "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz is produced in Paris

Composer Hector Berlioz
Hector Berlioz

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1939 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry Was A Lady" opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1956 "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • 1965 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • 1969 "Buck White" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

1969 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
  • 1995 6th Billboard Music Awards: TLC & Hootie & The Blowfish win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Birthdays in Music

  • 1550 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1605)
  • 1642 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer, born in Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1703)
  • 1743 Franz Nikolaus Novotny, Austrian composer, born in Eisenstadt, Austria (d. 1773)
  • 1768 Johann Baptist Henneberg, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1822)
  • 1775 Nicolas Isouard, French composer, born in Porto Salvo, Valletta, Malta (d. 1818)
  • 1776 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, born in Stralsund, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1820)
  • 1806 Gilbert Duprez, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1896)
  • 1808 Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1884)
  • 1846 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1872 Mikulas Moyzes, Slovak composer, born in Zvolenská Slatina, Slovakia (d. 1944)
  • 1887 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1896 Arnold Foster, English composer, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1963)
  • 1896 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1897 John Axel Fernstrom, Swedish composer, born in Yichang, China (d. 1961)
  • 1902 Virgilio Mortari, Italian composer, born in Passirana, Italy (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer ("Shout"; "Twistin' The Night Away"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1919 Gideon Klein, Moravian pianist and composer, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia (d. 1945)
  • 1920 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Jacques Bondon, French composer, born in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Akira Miyazawa, Japanese jazz saxophonist, born in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Mark Kopytman, composer, born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Soviet Union (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), born in Bursa, Turkey (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Czernica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Jean Lapointe, Quebec comedian, singer and senator
  • 1935 George Williams, American soul singer (The Tymes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • 1939 Steve Alaimo, American pop singer ("Mashed Potatoes"; "Every Day I Have To Cry"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1940 Jay Leonhart, American session and touring jazz and pop double bassist and songwriter (The Bass Lesson), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1941 Helen Cornelius, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Monroe City, Missouri
  • 1941 John Nelson, American conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz), born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1943 Mike Smith, English musician (Dave Clark 5 - "Glad All Over"), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Jonathan King, English singer and songwriter ("Everyone's Gone To The Moon") and record producer, born in London
  • 1944 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • 1946 Dean Parks, American session guitarist (Kenny Loggins; Steely Dan; Lyle Lovett), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1947 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1948 Marius Müller-Westernhagen, German rocker (Stinker), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1949 Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter ("The Greatest Love Of All"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Daniël Sahuleka, Moluks-Dutch singer and guitarist (Viva la Libertad), born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
  • 1950 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • 1954 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1955 Bill Lloyd, American singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 1955 Rick Buckler, English rock drummer (The Jam), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • 1955 Tish Hinojosa, American country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955 Bright Sheng, Chinese-American concert pianist, composer, (Never Far Away; Hot Pepper), conductor, and music teacher born in Shanghai, China.
  • 1956 Peter Buck, American rock guitarist (R.E.M. - Murmur), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1956 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1961 David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies), born in Burlington, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Ben Watt, British rocker (Everything but the Girl - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"; Idlewood), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1966 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, born in Kufstein, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1967 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer (House of Cards), born in British Hong Kong
  • 1970 Ulf Ekberg, Swedish pop singwriter and keyboardist (Ace of Base - "All That She Wants"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1971 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor, born in Ōshū, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
  • 1978 K. D. Aubert, American actress and singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1985 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1995 Joy Gruttmann, German child singer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1995 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie [Julius Dubose], American rapper (Hoodie SZN), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestStefanie Scott

1996 Stefanie Scott, American actress (Quinn Brenner-Insidious: Chapter 3) and singer (New Girl in Town), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Stefanie Scott
Actress and Singer
Stefanie Scott

Weddings in Music

  • 2008 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Deaths in Music

  • 1716 Benedictus Buns, Dutch Carmelite and composer (b. 1642)
  • 1746 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
  • 1865 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
  • 1867 Giovanni Pacini, composer, dies at 71
  • 1903 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54
  • 1920 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • 1943 Hermann Löhr, British composer, dies at 72
  • 1946 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63

Person of interestLead Belly

1949 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1958 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1971 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • 1973 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • 1983 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • 1988 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1989 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 1990 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus) dies from a heroin overdose at 42
  • 1992 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, dies at 93
  • 1995 Claire Polin, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1997 Eliot Daniel, American composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • 2003 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, dies at 108
  • 2011 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2013 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2018 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), dies at 63
  • 2018 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • 2018 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • 2020 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), dies of Covid-19 at 77