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)

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

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

Music Premiere

1929 Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up And Dream" opens at the Selwyn Theatre, NYC; runs for 136 performances

  • 1944 Sergei Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres in Moscow
  • 1948 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances
  • 1948 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate" opens at the New Century Theatre, NYC, later transferred to Sam S. Shubert Theatre; runs for 1077 performances
  • 1950 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

#1 in the Charts

1950 "Tennessee Waltz" sung by Patti Page hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks)

Music Premiere

1954 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 165 performances

Music Premiere

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

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

Music Recording

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

  • 1974 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • 1975 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 1978 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater, NYC after 719 performances
  • 1979 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up

Music Single

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

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


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