On This Day

Events in Music on December 21

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1920 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern

Film release premierFilm Premier

1934 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1941 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres
  • 1945 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
  • 1946 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1950 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Music releaseMusic Recording

1960 Ornette Coleman records his influential album "Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation", establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"

Music release#1 in the Charts

1968 Glen Campbell's album "Wichita Lineman" goes to #1 in the US

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1969 Diana Ross' final TV appearance as a Supreme on The Ed Sullivan Show

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Meeting of InterestElvis Meets Nixon

1970 Elvis Presley meets US President Richard Nixon in the White House - the image of this meeting is the most requested photo from the entire National Archives

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Richad Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House, December 21, 1970
Richad Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House, December 21, 1970
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  • 1975 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • 1975 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • 1978 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC
  • 1983 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
  • 1985 Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
  • 1993 "The Sign" single released in the US by Ace of Base (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)
  • 2005 Civil Partnership Act comes into force in the UK, with singer Elton John and David Furnish one of the first couples to form a same-sex civil union

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 "Gangnam Style" by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

K-Pop Star Psy
K-Pop Star
Psy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav