On This Day in Music for December 8

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

1813 Ludwig von Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A, premieres

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death

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

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 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

Birthdays in Music

  • 1731 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer
  • 1737 Robert Kimmerling, composer
  • 1741 Maximilian JLP Gardel, French dancer/choreographer (Menuet Reine)
  • 1744 Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer
  • 1789 John Fawcett, composer
  • 1795 Jacques Francois Gallay, composer
  • 1811 Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser, composer
  • 1821 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1865 Jean Sibelius, Tavastehus Finland, composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia)
  • 1877 Paul Emile Ladmirault, composer
  • 1882 Manuel Maria Ponce, Fresnillo Mexico, composer (Estrellita)
  • 1887 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer
  • 1890 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Policka Czechoslovakia, composer (Hry o Marti)
  • 1897 Leslie Heward, composer
  • 1899 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, pianist
  • 1903 Zoltan Szekely, composer
  • 1905 Charles Cushing, composer
  • 1905 Ernst Hermann Meyer, composer
  • 1907 Tony Aubin, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Cleo Brown, jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)
  • 1917 Rufo I Wever, Aruban pianist/composer (Ca'i Organ)
  • 1918 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Hans-Dieter Hosalla, composer
  • 1919 Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
  • 1922 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, born in Viper, Kentucky
  • 1925 James E "Jimmy" Smith, US jazz/organist (Walk on the Wild Side)
  • 1925 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr., American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry
  • 1931 Rudolf Komorous, composer
  • 1939 James Galway, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
  • 1942 Bobby Elliott, rock drummer (The Hollies), born in Burnley, Lancashire

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1946 John Rubinstein, actor/composer (Family, Boys from Brazil), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Gregg Allman, guitarist/vocalist (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, 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • 1974 Cristian Castro, Mexican singer
  • 1974 Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  • 1976 Naimee Coleman, Irish singer and songwriter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1993 AnnaSophia Robb, American actress and singer

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 Benedictine/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, dies at 69
  • 1956 Edgar Leslie Bainton, composer, dies at 76
  • 1961 William Beatton Moonie, composer, dies at 78
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1982 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1982 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • 1984 Razzle, English Musician and drummer for Hanoi Rocks (b.1960)
  • 1988 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • 1990 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • 1994 Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazil composer (Girl From Ipanema), dies at 67
  • 2003 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • 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
  • 2015 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2015 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91