Events in Music on December 1

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1944 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres in Symphony Hall, Boston, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitzky

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1956 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC; runs for 73 performances

Film Premiere

1956 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent premieres

Music History

1957 Seminal rock band Buddy Holly & The Crickets make their "Ed Sullivan Show" debut, performing "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue"; singer Sam Cooke also performs after getting bumped due to time constraints on November 3rd - he sings "You Send Me" and “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” [1] [2]

  • 1958 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 602 performances

Music History

1960 British rocker Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best arrested and then deported from Hamburg, Germany accused of attempted arson

Album Release

1967 Track Records releases the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 2nd studio album "Axis: Bold as Love" in the UK, just seven months after their debut release

  • 1968 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances

Music Premiere

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

Music History

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

  • 1972 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK

Music History

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

  • 1986 Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains"
  • 1988 Roy Orbison gives his final concert at The Front Row Theater in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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

Music Premiere

1994 Manuscript by Robert Schumann of his 2nd Symphony sells for record $2.3M, a record for any 19th century work, at auction in London, England

Music History

1994 Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge, and later sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison

Music History

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

Music 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)

Music Premiere

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

Film Premiere

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