On This Day

Events in Music on December 1

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1822 Franz Liszt, aged 11, debuts as pianist in Vienna

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt

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1924 George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Lady Be Good" premieres in NYC

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin

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1944 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • 1944 Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres

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1951 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London

  • 1956 "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances

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1957 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • 1958 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater NYC for 602 performances

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1960 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • 1968 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • 1968 Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises", based on the 1960 Billy Wider film "The Apartment", opens at Shubert Theatre, NYC; runs for 1,281 performances, wins a Grammy and 2 Tony Awards
  • 1971 Galt MacDermot and John Guare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances

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1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1972 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1976 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 1986 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
  • 1991 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin NYC after 32 performances
  • 1991 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 469 performances
  • 1994 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London

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1999 Rapper Jay-Z stabs record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a night club in New York

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2005 Musical "The Color Purple" based on the book by Alice Walker opens on Broadway produced by Oprah Whitney starring LaChanze (Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical)

Novelist Alice Walker
Novelist
Alice Walker

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2018 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

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2018 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld