On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 7

Events in Music

  • 1732 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.
  • 1842 New York Philharmonic's 1st concert
  • 1911 Leslie J Stuart's musical "Betsy" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Noël Coward's "Easy Virtue" premieres in NYC

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1939 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland
  • 1959 "Saratoga" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances

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1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 1967 The Beatles' clothing store "Apple Boutique" opens at 94 Baker Street, London
  • 1967 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1967 Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 1971 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1989 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC

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1993 Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win

Singer Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
  • 1995 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up

Music releaseAlbum Release

2004 Diana DeGarmo releases her debut album, “Blue Skies”

  • 2016 Pakistan International Airways plane crashes north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board, including singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed
  • 2017 Naples' pizza spinning given UNESCO intangible heritage status along with Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru and India's Kumbh festival

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Bob Dylan sells his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs to the Universal Music Publishing Group for over $300 million

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Birthdays in Music

  • 1557 Girolamo Trombetti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1628)
  • 1604 Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, born in Altdorf, Weingarten, Württemberg (d. 1672)
  • 1637 Bernardo Pasquini, Italian composer, born in Massa e Cozzile, Tuscany (d. 1710)
  • 1648 Giovanni Maria Capelli, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1726)
  • 1772 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, Bohemian aristocrat and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1816)
  • 1801 Johann Nestroy, Austrian actor, singer and playwright (Judith und Holofernes), born in Ratibor, Silesia (d. 1862)
  • 1835 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, born in Bouzemont, France (d. 1923)
  • 1840 Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • 1857 Niccolò van Westerhout, Italian composer, born in Mola di Bari, Italy (d. 1898)
  • 1863 John Ebenezer West, English composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1929)
  • 1863 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), born in Livorno, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1876 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv), born in Regensburg, Germany (d. 1957)
  • 1879 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1972)
  • 1887 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), born in n Leopoldstadt, Vienna,, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Juan María Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1991)
  • 1906 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Edmundo Ros, Trinidadian-Venezuelan musician and arranger, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2011)
  • 1910 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, born in New York City, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1910 Louis Prima, American jazz and pop singer, trumpeter, and bandleader ("That Old Black Magic"; "Oh, Marie"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, born in Pembroke, Wales (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2017)
  • 1921 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, born in Marburg, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Vlastimir Peričić, Serbian composer, born in Vršac, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2000)
  • 1927 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1928 Raymond Warren, British composer and educator
  • 1930 Richard Felciano, American composer, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1934 Armando Manzanero, Mexican composer and singer ("It’s Impossible"; "Adoro"), born in Merida, Mexico (d. 2020) date disputed [1]
  • 1935 Jean-Claude Casadesus, French conductor, born in Paris, France
  • 1936 Arthur Jenkins, Jr., American jazz and pop session and touring keyboardist, composer, and arranger (Johnny Nash; Harry Belafonte; John Lennon; Roberta Flack), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter (Taxi; Cat's in the Cradle), born in New York City, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1942 Jonathan D. Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1945 Marion Rung, Finnish pop singer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1945 Graciela Agudelo, Mexican pianist and avant garde composer (Celebration of Wine ), born inMexico City, Mexico (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Gary Morris, American country singer and actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1948 Yoko Morishita, Japanese prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1948 Mads Vinding, Danish jazz double-bassist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1949 Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter and piano player (Small Change; Blue Valentine; "Jersey Girl"), and actor (Ironweed; Down By Law) born in Pomona, California
  • 1951 Henk Temming, Dutch vocalist and keyboardist (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1954 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • 1960 Craig Scanlon, English rock guitarist (The Fall), born in Manchester, England
  • 1963 Barbara Weathers, American vocalist (Atlantic Starr - "Secret Lovers"), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1964 Duncan Millar, English pop and jazz pianist (Blue Mercedes - Rich & Famous), born in London, England
  • 1974 Nicole Appleton, English-Canadian singer (All Saints), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1976 Mark Duplass, American filmmaker and musician (The Morning Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1977 Dominic Howard, English drummer (Muse), born in Stockport, England
  • 1978 Frankie J. [Francisco Javier Bautista, Jr.], Mexican-American singer (Kumbia Kings), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1979 Sara Bareilles, American pop singer ("Love Song"; "Brave"), born in Eureka, California
  • 1987 Aaron Carter, American singer, rapper and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1988 Benjamin Clementine [Sainte-Clémentine], British vocalist, composer, musician, and poet (At Least For Now), born in London

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

2003 Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige

Deaths in Music

  • 1811 Ignaz Spangler, composer, dies at 54
  • 1823 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, German bassoonist, dies at 79
  • 1829 Johann Christoph Kienlen, German composer, dies at 45
  • 1834 Ludwig Schuncke, composer, dies at 23
  • 1839 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer, dies at 69
  • 1841 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1867 Rudolf Viole, composer, dies at 42
  • 1899 Anton de Kontski [Antoni Kątski], Polish-American pianist and composer (Awakening Of The Lion), Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1917 [Aloysius] Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist, and ballet composer (La Bayadère), dies at 91
  • 1941 Cecil Forsyth, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1948 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • 1960 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • 1980 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22
  • 1990 Dee Clark, American singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
  • 1990 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • 1998 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), dies at 90
  • 2004 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Jay McShann, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 2008 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2008 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2016 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2016 Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani singer (Vital Signs 1), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • 2017 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81