Events in Music on December 20

  • 1600 Ottario Rinuccini and Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published

Theater Premiere

1823 Play "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus" by Helmina von Chézy with incidental music by Franz Schubert premieres in Vienna

  • 1943 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem

Music Premiere

1946 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Music History

1949 Maurice Ravel and John Cranko's ballet "Beauty And The Beast" premieres

Music History

1957 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service

Music History

1962 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

  • 1967 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull

#1 in the Charts

1969 Peter, Paul & Mary's cover of John Denver's song "Leaving On A Jet Plane" reaches #1

Album Release

1974 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse", his fifth studio album in UK

  • 1976 "Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1979 Garry Sherman and Peter Udell's musical "Comin' Uptown", based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", and starring Gregory Hines, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances
  • 1981 Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 1522 performances, wins 6 Tony, 5 Drama Desk, and 2 Grammy Awards
  • 1995 Revival of Phillip Hayes Dean's drama "Paul Robeson" opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 14 performances

Album Release

2005 "The Breakthrough" 7th studio album by Mary J. Blige is released

Music History

2017 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre