On This Day

On This Day in Music for December 9

Events in Music

  • 1842 Mikhail Glinka's opera "Russlan and Ludmilla" premieres at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, in St. Petersburg, Russia

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1905 Richard Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss

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

Music concertMusic Concert

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, Billy Ray Cyrus, Boyz II Men & U2 win

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

1992 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks & Dr. Dre win

Singer Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Rapper and Record Producer Dr. Dre
Rapper and Record Producer
Dr. Dre
  • 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

  • 1508 Gemma Frisius [Jemme Reinerszoon], Frisian physician, mathematician and instrument maker (created globe), born in Dokkum, Friesland (d. 1555)
  • 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, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, born in Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1907 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, born in Ottendorf-Okrilla, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in Jarotschin, German Empire (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Michel Fano, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1932 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Alan Ridout, British composer, born in West Wickham, England (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Junior Wells, American blues singer ("In My Younger Days"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1935 David Houston, American country music singer (Almost Persuaded), born in Bossier City, Louisiana (d. 1993)
  • 1938 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Sammy Strain, American singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1941 Dan Hicks, American singer and 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 Guy Darrell [John Swail], British singer (I've Been Hurt), born in Kent, England
  • 1945 Michael Nouri, American actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946 Dennis Dunaway, American rocker (Alice Cooper), born in Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • 1946 Bill Church, American rock bass guitarist (Van Morrison; Sammy Hagar)
  • 1950 Joan Armatrading, British singer (Back to the Night), born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts
  • 1954 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • 1954 Jack Sonni , American guitarist (Dire Straits, 1984-88), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1956 Sylvia, American country singer (Nobody), born in Kokoma, Indiana
  • 1957 Donny Osmond, American singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1958 Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1964 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein), born in Berlin
  • 1968 Michael Foster, American drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1969 Johnny Vicious [Coles], American house DJ, re-mixer, and record producer, born in New York City
  • 1969 Jakob Dylan, American musician (The Wallflowers), son of Bob Dylan, born in New York City
  • 1970 Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer, born in Ossining, New York
  • 1972 Tré Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1974 Canibus [Germaine Williams], American rapper, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1977 Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter, born in London Borough of Havering, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • 1982 Vincent Accardi, American guitarist (Brand New), born in Wantagh, New York,
  • 1982 Vincent Accardi, American rock guitarist (Brand New), born in Wantagh, New York
  • 1990 LaFee, German singer, born in Büsbach, Germany

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding 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
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 François Léonard 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 Eugène Gigout, French organist (St Augustin de Paris, 1863-1925), and composer (10 pièces pour orgue), dies at 81
  • 1956 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, dies at 59
  • 1966 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, dies at 79
  • 1974 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • 1975 Frank Signorelli, American jazz pianist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 1982 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • 1994 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English 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 Patty Donahue, American new wave rock singer (The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"; "Christmas Wrapping), dies of lung cancer at 40
  • 1997 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 2002 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab), dies at 36
  • 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
Jenni Rivera
  • 2012 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85
  • 2014 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), dies at 71
  • 2014 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) takes his own life at 53
  • 2019 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), dies after a long illness at 61