On This Day

Events in Music on December 22

Music Premiere

1808 Beethoven's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring the composer as soloist) premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria

Music History

1894 Claude Debussy's first orchestral masterpiece "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

  • 1946 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • 1956 "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
  • 1958 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • 1958 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • 1976 "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 performances
  • 1976 East Germany grants rock singer Nina Hagen her request to leave the country, after refusing her stepfather re-entry

Music History

1978 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer, replacing the deceased Keith Moon

#1 in the Charts

1984 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks

  • 1985 "Wind in the Willows" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

Music History

1987 Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx overdoses from heroin

  • 1994 "Christmas Carol" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 18 performances

Music History

1997 MTV removes music video for Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" from broadcast rotation