On This Day in Music for December 6

Events in Music

  • 1841 Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony in D premieres
  • 1846 Opera "La Damnation de Faust" by Hector Berlioz is produced in Paris
  • 1939 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady" premieres in NYC
  • 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
  • 1969 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
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, composer
  • 1642 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer (d. 1703)
  • 1743 Franz Nikolaus Novotny, composer
  • 1768 Johann Baptist Henneberg, composer
  • 1775 Nicolas Isouard, composer
  • 1776 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer
  • 1806 Louis-Gilbert Duprez, composer
  • 1808 Johann Christian Gebauer, composer
  • 1846 Henryk Jarecki, composer
  • 1872 Mikulas Moyzes, composer
  • 1887 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • 1896 Arnold Foster, composer
  • 1896 Ira Gershwin, lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
  • 1897 John Axel Fernstrom, composer
  • 1902 Virgilio Mortari, composer
  • 1904 Eve Denise Curie, French pianist/author/daughter of Madame Curie
  • 1916 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • 1920 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice), born in Concord, California (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Jacques Bondon, composer
  • 1928 Bobby Van, American singer (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Mark Kopytman, composer
  • 1929 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, composer
  • 1935 Jean Lapointe, Quebec comedian, singer and senator
  • 1935 George Williams, soul singer (the Tymes), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • 1940 Steve Alaimo, rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941 Helen Cornelius, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Monroe City, Missouri
  • 1941 John Nelson, San Jose Costa Rica, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz)
  • 1943 Mike Smith, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1944 Jonathan King, English singer-songwriter (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) and record producer, born in London
  • 1947 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1948 Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, rocker (Stinker), born in Duesseldorf, Germany
  • 1949 Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1950 Daniel Sahuleka, Moluks/Dutch singer/guitarist (Viva la Libertad)
  • 1950 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer
  • 1954 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1955 Bill Lloyd, Bowling Green Ky, singer (Foster & Lloyd-Crazy Over You)
  • 1955 Rick Buckler, [Paul Richard Buckler], rock drummer (Jam)
  • 1955 Tish Hinojosa, country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1956 Peter Buck, US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur)
  • 1956 Randy Rhoads, Heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1961 David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)
  • 1962 Ben Watt, rocker (Everything but the Girls-Sir Idlewood)
  • 1967 Hacken Lee, Hong Kong singer
  • 1970 Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician (Ace of Base)
  • 1985 Dulce María, Mexican actress and singer
  • 1995 Joy Gruttmann, German singer

Weddings in Music

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

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1938 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

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 Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • 1933 Auguste Chapuis, composer, dies at 75
  • 1943 Hermann Löhr, British composer, dies at 72
  • 1946 Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg, composer, dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1958 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Hermann Heiss, composer, dies at 68
  • 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, US 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, composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 1991 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1995 [Schaff] Claire Polin, composer, dies at 69
  • 1997 Eliot Daniel, 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)
  • 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