On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 8

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1813 Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres in Vienna with Beethoven conducting

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1849 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Luisa Miller" premieres in Naples

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1914 Irving Berlin's musical "Watch your Step" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1915 Jean Sibelius' 5th Symphony in E premieres
  • 1930 Cole Porter's musical "NYCers" premieres in NYC
  • 1947 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • 1948 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • 1949 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

1949 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1951 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • 1956 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • 1962 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances
  • 1963 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances
  • 1967 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK
  • 1973 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • 1975 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances

CameraFamous Photo

1980 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before he is murdered on the same day

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Photographer
Annie Leibovitz
  • 1982 "Herman Van Veen: All of Him" opens at Ambassador NYC for 6 performances
  • 1991 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1991 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

  • 1994 "What's Wrong With this Picture?" opens at Circle in Sq NYC for 12 per
  • 1996 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1997 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Singer Melanie Brown
Singer
Melanie Brown
  • 2019 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Birthdays in Music

  • 1731 František Xaver Dušek, Czech composer, born in Chotěborky, Jaroměř, Czech Republic (d. 1799)
  • 1737 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1799)
  • 1741 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1787)
  • 1744 Pierre-Joseph Candeille, French composer, born in Estaires, France (d. 1827)
  • 1789 John Fawcett, English composer (d. 1867)
  • 1795 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, born in Perpignan, France (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1864)
  • 1821 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1865 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia), born in Tavastehus, Finland (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, born in Nantes, France (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Manuel Ponce, Mexican composer (Estrellita), born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 1948)
  • 1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, born in Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Bohuslav Martinů, Czech, composer (Hry o Marti), born in Polička, Bohemia (d. 1959)
  • 1897 Leslie Heward, English composer, born in Liversedge, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Zoltán Székely, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Kocs, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • 1905 Charles Cushing, American composer, born in Oakland, California (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist and composer (Ca'i Organ)
  • 1918 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Sammy Davis Jr., American singer, dancer and actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1929 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), born in England (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • 1931 Rudolf Komorous, Czech-born Canadian composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1939 James Galway, Irish flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Jerry Butler, American rock vocalist (Never Give You Up), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • 1942 Bobby Elliott, rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire

Person of interestJim Morrison

1943 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1944 George Baker [Johannes Bouwens], Dutch singer and songwriter (Paloma Blanca, Little Green Bag), born in Hoorn, Netherlands
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Gregg Allman, guitarist/vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • 1950 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1950 Dan Hartman, American musician (Edgar Winter Group), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1952 Richie Morales, drummer (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1956 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
  • 1957 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - Love Bites), born in London, England
  • 1958 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • 1959 Marty Raybon, American singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South), born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1959 Paul Rutherford, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1962 Marty Friedman, American guitarist
  • 1964 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • 1964 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • 1965 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress and singer (Days of Being Wild), born in Suzhou, China

Person of interestSinead O'Connor

1966 Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter (Nothing Compares 2 U), born in Glenageary, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • 1973 Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour), born Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1974 Cristian Castro, Mexican singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1974 Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), born in Massachusetts
  • 1976 Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter, born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestNicki Minaj

1982 Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper and singer (Super Bass, Starships), born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
  • 1984 Sam Hunt, American country pop singer (Take Your Time), born in Cedartown, Georgia
  • 1986 Kate Voegele, American musician, born in Bay Village, Ohio
  • 1993 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer, born in Denver, Colorado

Weddings in Music

  • 2007 Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida

Divorces in Music

  • 2010 "Heart" rock singer Nancy Wilson (56) divorces "Almost Famous" and "Elizabethtown" director Cameron Crowe (53) due to irreconcilable differences after 24 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • 1785 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer, dies at 68
  • 1900 Henry Russell, composer, dies at 87
  • 1923 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1924 Franz X Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
  • 1934 Bernhard Seklas, composer, dies at 62
  • 1939 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), dies at 63
  • 1945 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), dies at 69
  • 1956 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76
  • 1961 William Beatton Moonie, Scottish composer (The Weird of Colbar; Echoes of Perthshire), dies at 71
  • 1967 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • 1969 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)

MurderJohn Lennon

1980 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1981 Big Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 1982 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1984 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • 1988 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • 1990 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 1994 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Getz/Gilberto), dies from pulmonary embolism at 67
  • 2003 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2004 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gamble while performing on stage at 38
  • 2006 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • 2011 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • 2014 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer, dies at 99
  • 2015 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2015 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91
  • 2019 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins ], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21