On This Day

Events in Music on December 30

  • 1689 Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea
  • 1731 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)
  • 1844 Opera "Stradella" after being rewritten is produced (Hamburg)

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1877 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms

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1884 Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig

Composer Anton Bruckner
Composer
Anton Bruckner

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1929 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in NYC

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1948 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • 1950 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

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1954 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater in NYC

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1961 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony in Moscow (completed 1936)

  • 1967 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

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1968 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1974 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • 1975 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1978 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 1979 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up

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1981 "That Girl" single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • 1990 "Miser" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 1993 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances

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2016 British singer-songwriter Ray Davies, of The Kinks, is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II