On This Day

Events in Music on December 21

Music Premiere

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

Film Premiere

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

  • 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 Premiere

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

Music Recording

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

  • 1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"

#1 in the Charts

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

TV Show Appearance

1969 Diana Ross' final TV appearance as a Supreme on "The Ed Sullivan Show", performing “Someday We’ll Be Together", after which Sullivan announced her upcoming departure from the group

Elvis 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

  • 1975 Revival of "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • 1975 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • 1978 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "A Broadway Musical" opens and closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1 performance
  • 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

Music History

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

Music History

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

  • 2020 Hawaiian vocalist Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's official music video for his rendition of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's "Over the Rainbow" reaches a billion views on YouTube