On This Day in Music for December 9

Events in Music

  • 1842 Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres in Petersburg
  • 1905 Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music

  • 1961 "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 1961 "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

1964 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1973 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • 1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne

Music awardsMusic Awards

1991 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston win

Singer and Actress Whitney Houston
Singer and Actress
Whitney Houston
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

1992 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Ropin' The Wind win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1993 "My Fair Lady" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • 2017 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Film release premierFilm Premier

2017 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles


Birthdays in Music

  • 1610 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato singer, born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1680)
  • 1715 Georg Gottfried Petri, German composer, born in Żary, Poland (d. 1795)
  • 1728 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian opera composer, born in Massa, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1804)
  • 1754 Etienne Ozi, French composer and bassoonist, born in Nimes (d. 1813)
  • 1791 Peter Josef von Lindpaintner, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1796 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, born in Verneuil, Eure, France (d. 1869)
  • 1837 Émile Waldteufel, French composer, born in Strasbourg (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Emma Abbott, American soprano, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1891)
  • 1854 P. J. Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Nurmes, Finland (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Algernon Ashton, British composer, born in Durham, England (d. 1937)
  • 1862 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1920)
  • 1864 Sidney Homer, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1949)
  • 1895 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, born in Barcelona (d. 1936)
  • 1899 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1906 Freddy Martin, orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1906 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer
  • 1915 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarotschin Germ, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier)
  • 1927 Pierre Henry, composer
  • 1929 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1932 Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill, jazz musician
  • 1932 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Alan Ridout, English composer, born in West Wickham, (d. 1996)
  • 1934 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1935 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1938 William Thomas McKinley, composer
  • 1940 Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)
  • 1941 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Kenny Vance, American musician and producer (Jay and the Americans, The Planotones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944 George Baker [Johannes Bouwens], Dutch singer and songwriter (Paloma Blanca, Little Green Bag), born in Hoorn, Netherlands
  • 1944 Guy Darrell [John Swail], British singer (I've Been Hurt), born in Kent, England
  • 1945 Michael Nouri, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Dennis Dunaway, rocker
  • 1950 Joan Armatrading, St Kitts, singer (Back to the Night)
  • 1954 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1955 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician
  • 1956 Sylvia, Kokomo Indiana, country singer (Nobody)
  • 1957 Donny Osmond, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1958 Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents)
  • 1964 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein)
  • 1968 Michael Foster, drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1970 Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer
  • 1972 Tre Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day)
  • 1974 Canibus, American rapper
  • 1977 Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter
  • 1979 Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer
  • 1982 Vincent Accardi, American guitarist Brand New
  • 1990 LaFee, German singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

2011 "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer Sinead O'Connor (45) weds Irish therapist Barry Herridge (38) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor

Deaths in Music

  • 1770 Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1814 Jose Angel Lamas, Venezuelan composer, dies at 39
  • 1827 Francois Leonard Rouwyzer, composer, dies at 90
  • 1893 George Elvey, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1905 Henry Holmes, English violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), dies at 70
  • 1925 Eugene Gigout, composer, dies at 81
  • 1956 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, dies at 59
  • 1966 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1974 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • 1981 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • 1982 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, dies at 80
  • 1984 Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1994 Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, dies of leukemia at 48
  • 1994 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, dies in a fire at 28
  • 1996 Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
  • 1996 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • 1997 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 2002 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • 2005 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist, dies at 93
  • 2006 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), dies at 66
  • 2010 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)

Person of interestJenni Rivera

2012 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera