Social Music Calendar

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Social Music Calendar - January

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January Monthly Social Music Holidays

National Polka Music Month

Month   -   Week  -   Day

January Weekly Social Music Holidays

Silent Record Week - January 1-7

Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration Week - January 8-12

Cuckoo Dancing Week - January 11-17

Month   -   Week  -   Day

January Daily Social Music Holidays

1960 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars – January 1

1979 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins – January 2

1969 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ – January 3

1954 Elvis Presley records a 10-minute demo in Nashville – January 4

Pop Music Chart Day - January 4

1959 Buddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"; he was killed in a plane crash 29 days later – January 5

1971 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days – January 6

1975 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage – January 7

1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established – January 8

2002 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards – January 9

1957 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates – January 10

1969 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5 – January 11

1723 George Frideric Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London – January 12

Public Radio Broadcasting Day - January 13

1966 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me" – January 14

1895 Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St Petersburg – January 15

1980 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession – January 16

1976 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1 – January 17

1944 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. – January 18

1971 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial – January 19

National Disc Jockey Day - January 20

1987 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi – January 21

1575 English queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly – January 22

1986 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley) – January 23

1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre St Denis, Montreal – January 24

1980 Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail & deported – January 25

1790 Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna – January 26

1984 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial – January 27

1965 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV – January 28

1728 John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London – January 29

1959 Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh" premieres – January 30

1970 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges – January 31


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Social Music Calendar - February

February Daily Social Music Holidays

1896 Giacomo Puccini's Opera "La Boheme," premieres in Turin – February 1

World Play Your Ukulele Day - February 2

1959 Buddy Holly's last performance – February 2

The Day the Music Died - February 3

Liberace Day - February 4

1940 Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction" – February 5

1981 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon – February 6

1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records – February 7

1735 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, SC – February 8

Opera Day - February 8

1985 Madonna's album "Like a Virgin" goes #1 for 3 weeks – February 9

1940 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1 – February 10

Get Out Your Guitar Day - February 11

1949 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances – February 12

World Radio Day - February 13

World Sound Healing Day - February 14

1982 "Night of 100 Stars" takes place at NY's Radio City Music Hall – February 14

1941 Duke Ellington first records "Take the A Train" – February 15

1854 Franz Liszt's symphony "Orpheus" premieres – February 16

1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released. – February 17

1902 Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premieres in Monte Carlo – February 18

2014 BRIT Awards: David Bowie, Ellie Goulding and Arctic Monkeys win – February 19

1816 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome – February 20

2016 Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas – February 21

1934 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Outstanding Production 1935) – February 22

2003 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins – February 23

1998 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London – February 24

1972 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single – February 25

1983 Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 37 weeks – February 26

1814 Ludwig von Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F premieres – February 27

1819 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert's song "Schäfers Klageleid" – February 28


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Social Music Calendar - March

Month   -   Day

March Monthly Social Music Holidays

Music in Our Schools Month

Play the Recorder Month

Sing with Your Child Month

Month   -   Day

March Daily Social Music Holidays

National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day - March 1

1976 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win – March 1

1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances – March 2

1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Best Picture 1966) – March 2

1875 Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" premieres (Paris) – March 3

Marching Music Day - March 4

2006 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win – March 4

1960 Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army – March 5

1967 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Guitar win – March 6

1994 The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use. – March 7

1968 New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan – March 8

1993 7th Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige win – March 9

International Bagpipe Day - March 10

1975 "The Rocky Horror Show" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances – March 10

1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice – March 11

1963 Beatles perform as a trio, John Lennon is ill with a cold – March 12

1947 "Brigadoon" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 581 performances – March 13

1885 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre – March 14

1945 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win – March 15

1948 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behavior – March 16

1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Det Norske Teatret, Oslo – March 17

Play the Recorder Day - March 17 (Third Saturday of March)

1982 Singer Teddy Pendergrass' spinal cord severed in a car accident – March 18

1864 Opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris – March 19

1885 Yiddish theater opens in NY with Golldfaden operetta – March 20

1988 23rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win – March 21

1964 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section - March 22

1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London – March 23

1955 Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens for 694 performances - March 24

1989 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago – March 25

1982 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK – March 26

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day - March 27

World Theatre Day - March 27

1859 1st performance of John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra – March 28

1795 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna – March 29

1988 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win – March 30

1967 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London) – March 31


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Social Music Calendar - April

Month   -   Week  -   Day

April Monthly Social Music Holidays

International Amateur Radio Month

International Guitar Month

Jazz Appreciation Month

Month   -   Week  -   Day

April Weekly Social Music Holidays

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Weekend One = April 13-15 and Weekend Two = April 20-22

National Karaoke Week -  April 22-28 (Fourth Week of April)

National Dance Week - April 23 – May 4

International Mariachi Week - April 25-31

Fiddler's Frolic - April 26-29

Month   -   Week  -   Day

April Daily Social Music Holidays

1964 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years – April 1

1859 Opera "Dinorah" is produced (Paris) – April 4

1975 "The Rocky Horror Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances – April 6

1990 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC) – April 9

Barbershop Quartet Day - April 11

Eight Track Tape Day - April 11

International "Louie Louie" Day - April 11

1963 George Harrison is impressed by unsigned group "Rolling Stones" – April 14

World Voice Day - April 16

International Amateur Radio Day - April 18

1759 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London – April 20

2004 38th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Toby Keith, Shania Twain & Kenny Chesney win – April 21

Record Store Day - April 21 (Third Saturday of April)

National Dance Day - April 22

International Marconi Day - April 23

1810 Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise. – April 27

International Dance Day - April 29

International Jazz Day - April 30


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Social Music Calendar - May

Week   -   Day

May Weekly Social Music Holidays

National Dance Week - April 23 - May 4

Great American Brass Band Week - May 31 - June 3

Week   -   Day

May Daily Social Music Holidays

1786 Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna) – May 1

National Public Radio Day - May 3

Tuba Day - May 4 (First Friday in May)

1891 Music Hall (Carnegie Hall) opens in New York, Tchaikovsky is guest conductor – May 5

1997 Michael Jackson & Bee Gees inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – May 6

Mariachi Day - May 6

1983 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win – May 9

1967 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges – May 10

1934 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1 – May 12

World Belly Dance Day - May 12 (Second Saturday in May)

National Chicken Dance Day - May 14

The Stars and Stripes Forever Day - May 14

1946 Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC – May 16

1973 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love" – May 17

1983 Weird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.– May 19

1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others. – May 20

2011 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win – May 22

1968 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7 – May 25

National Tap Dance Day – May 25

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal) – May 26

International Jazz Day - May 26 (Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend) Also observed on April 30 each year.

1940 Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase" premieres in NYC – May 28

1923 Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic" premieres – May 30

1989 1st International Rock Awards – May 31


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Social Music Calendar - June

Month   -   Week  -   Day

June Monthly Social Music Holidays

African-American Music Appreciation Month

Audiobook Awareness Month

Black Music Month

International Surf Music Month

National Accordion Awareness Month

Month   -   Week  -   Day

June Weekly Social Music Holidays

Great American Brass Band Week - May 31 - June 3

Old Time Fiddlers Week - June 14-23 (Third Full Week in June)

Month   -   Week  -   Day

June Daily Social Music Holidays

1964 Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee) – June 3

1964 Davie Jones & King Bees debut "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie – June 5

1960 "Steve Allen Show" last airs on NBC-TV – June 6

1984 Weird Al Yankovic gives a live performance at Starlight Amphitheater – June 9

1966 Janis Joplin's 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in SF) – June 10

1948 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater NYC after 12 performances – June 12

1963 "Sound of Music" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances – June 15

1997 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes – June 16

1977 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten & Paul Cook, beaten & robbed by London pub – June 18

1969 150,000 attend Newport '69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear – June 20

World Music Day - June 21

1975 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs – June 23

1992 Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43 – June 24

1977 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career – June 26

1975 David Bowie releases "Fame" – June 28

1888 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder – June 29


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Social Music Calendar - July

July Daily Social Music Holidays

2015 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre – July 1

1982 Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million) – July 3

1964 Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London – July 6

1972 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France) – July 9

1982 "7 Brides for 7 Brothers" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 5 performances – July 11

1939 Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut – July 13

1682 Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London – July 14

1782 Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail" premieres in Vienna – July 16

1974 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days – July 17

1962 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 13th Symphony – July 20

1999 Woodstock 99 music festival begins Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th) attended by 200,000. Ended due to violence. – July 22

1933 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington – July 25

1982 Menken & Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" premieres in NYC – July 27

1951 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released – July 28

Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day - July 31


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Social Music Calendar - August

Week  -   Day

August Weekly Social Animal Holidays

Elvis Week - August 12-18 (Second Week of August)

Week  -   Day

August Daily Social Animal Holidays

1964 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks – August 1

1997 Garth Brooks performs a free concert in NYC's Central Park for HBO – August 3

1973 Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma – August 6

1963 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres – August 9

National Duran Duran Appreciation Day - August 10

Vinyl Record Day - August 12

1997 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC – August 14

1939 "Wizard of Oz" opens at Loew's Capitol Theater in NY – August 17

1882 Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow – August 20

1968 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily). – August 23

International Strange Music Day - August 24

1967 Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – August 26

1850 Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany – August 28

Radio Commercials Day - August 29

1968 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover – August 31


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Social Music Calendar - September

Month   -   Week  -   Day

September Monthly Social Music Holidays

Classical Music Month

International Square Dancing Month 

National Piano Month

Month   -   Week  -   Day

September Weekly Social Music Holidays

Line Dance Week - September 10-15 (Starts on Second Monday through Saturday)

Month   -   Week  -   Day

September Daily Social Music Holidays

1785 Mozart publishes 6th string quartet opus 10 in Vienna – September 1

1912 Arnold Schoenberg's "Funf Orchesterstucke" premieres – September 3

1986 3rd MTV Video Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins – September 5

1963 Jerry Lee Lewis quits Sun Records – September 6

1994 11th MTV Video Music Awards: Aerosmith wins with newlyweds Michael Jackson & Lisa Marie Presley opening the show – September 8

2000 The musical Cats closes on Broadway – September 10

1959 "Duke" Ellington wins Springarn Medal for his musical achievements – September 11

1995 INXS' Michael Hutchence pleads guilty to punching a photographer – September 12

1741 George Frideric Handel finishes his "Messiah" oratorio after working on it non-stop for 23 days – September 14

8-Track Tape Day - September 15

1974 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks – September 16

International Country Music Day - September 17

1986 "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres – September 19

1970 Jim Morrison found not guilty of "lewd" behavior – September 20

1997 Elton John releases "Candle in the Wind 1997", a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales in the US – September 22

National Rock n' Roll Dog Day - September 22

1957 "That'll Be Day" by Buddy Holly & Crickets reaches #1 – September 23

National One-Hit Wonder Day - September 25

1969 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album – September 26

1990 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's walk of fame – September 28

1791 Mozart's opera "Magic Flute" premieres in Vienna – September 30


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Social Music Calendar - October

Month   -   Week  -   Day

October Monthly Social Music Holidays

Country Music Month

National Arts and Humanities Month

Month   -   Week  -   Day

October Weekly Social Music Holidays

National Carry a Tune Week - October 7-13

Month   -   Week  -   Day

October Daily Social Music Holidays

International Music Day - October 1

World Ballet Day - October 1

CD Player Day - October 1

Musician Sting born 1951 – October 2

Singer Chubby Checker born 1941 – October 3

Elvis Presley’s first public appearance at age 10 1945 – October 3

Singer Brian Johnson born 1947 – October 5

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma born 1955 – October 7

“Cats” opens at Winter Green Theater on Broadway 1982 – October 7

John Lennon releases “Imagine” 1971 – October 8

Composer Camille Saint-Saens born 1835 – October 9

Composer Giuseppe Verdi born 1813 – October 10

Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams born 1872 – October 12

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti born 1935 – October 12

Universal Music Day - October 13 (Second Saturday in October)

Rapper Eminem born 1972 – October 17

Composer Howard Shore born 1946 – October 18

Rapper Snoop Dogg born 1971 – October 20

Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested) 1964 – October 20

Composer Franz Liszt born 1811 – October 22

IPod Day - October 23

Composer Georges Bizet born 1838 – October 25

Yoko Ono accounces she’s having John Lennon’s baby 1968 – October 25

Composer Niccolo Paganini born 1782– October 27

Musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" performed in Russia 1886- October 27

Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” premieres in Washington, DC 1944 – October 30

“Wicked” premiers on Broadway at Gershwin Theatre 2003 – October 30

Rapper Vanilla Ice born 1967 – October 31


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Social Music Calendar - November

Month   -   Day

November Monthly Social Music Holidays

Drum Month

International Drum (Percussion) Month

Month   -   Day

November Daily Social Music Holidays

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” premieres 1979 - November 1

“Les Miserables” opens at Curran Theatre, San Francisco 1989 – November 1

Peter Shaffer’s musical “Amadeus” premieres in London 1979 – November 2

George Frideric Handel undergoes failed eye operation 1752 – November 3

Rodgers & Hart’s musical “Connecticut Yankee” premieres in NYC 1927 – November 3

John Lennon utters his infamous “rattle your jewelry” line at a Royal Variety Performance in London 1963 – November 4

Elton John awarded $518,700 from Sunday Mirror for a false report on his diet 1993 – November 4

The Nat King Cole show debuts on NBC, the first variety program hosted by an African-American 1956 – November 5

The hither Green rail crash in the UK kills 49 people. Survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb 1967 – November 5

Orchestra leader Guy Lombardo dies at 75 (1977) – November 5

Saxophone Day - November 6

Composer John Philip Sousa born 1854 – November 6

Composer Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky died 1893 – November 6

Frank Sinatra marries 2nd wife, film star Ava Gardner (1951) – November 7

“Make Mine Music” debuts 1928 – November 8

John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London 1966 – November 9

Alan Menken, famous Disney composer, receives 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 2010 – November 10

Lyricist Tim Rice born 1944 – November 10

Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3-show contract for The Beatles 1963 – November 11

“Paint Your Wagon” opens at Shubert Theater in NYC for 289 performances 1951 – November 12

Singer/songwriter Neil Young born in Toronto 1945 – November 12

“The Lion King” opens at New Amsterdam Theater in NYC 1997 – November 13

Rapper Eminem releases single “Lose Yourself” from soundtrack of 8 Mile, 1st rap song to win Academy Award for Best Original Song 2002 – November 13

“Oliver!” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 774 performances 1964 – November 14

Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video premieres on FOX TV 1991 – November 14

I Love to Write Day - November 15

Elvis Presley’s first film “Love Me Tender” premieres in NYC 1956 – November 15

Janis Joplin accused of vulgar & indecent language in Tampa, FL 1969 – November 15

Paul McCartney releases “Wonderful Christmas” 1979 – November 16

“1776” closes at Criterion Theater NYC 1997 – November 16

Gordon Lightfoot born in Orillia, Ontario 1938 – November 17

Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder arrested for public drunkenness 1993 – November 18

Composer Franz Schubert dies at 31 (1828) – November 19

Josh Groban releases his debut album “Josh Groban” 2001 – November 20

John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum 1980 – November 21

Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks – November 21

Miles Davis Quintet debuts a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in NY 1957 – November 22

Michael Hutchence, Australian rocker and actor, commits suicide at 37 1997 – November 22

National Day of Listening - November 23 (Day after Thanksgiving)

Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks 1979 – November 23

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day - November 24

The Beatles began recording sessions for "Sergeant Pepper" 1966 – November 24

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" appears on music charts 1949 – November 25

Jimi Hendrix Experience makes its London debut at Bag O' Nails Club 1966 – November 25

1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win 1990 – November 26

Tina Turner, American singer, born in Nutbush, Tennessee 1939 – November 26

“Frozen”, the higest-grossing animated film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is released 2013 – November 27

1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC) 1948 – November 29

Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, dies at 65 (1924) – November 29


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Social Music Calendar - December

November Daily Social Music Holidays

1957 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on Ed Sullivan Show - December 1

1982 Michael Jackson releases his album "Thriller - December 1

1978 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1 - December 2

1994 Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted to hospital for ulcer treatment - December 2

1939 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres - December 3

1967 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica - December 3

1927 Duke Ellington opens at Cotton Club in Harlem - December 4

1984 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO - December 4

1968 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP - December 5

1963 Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans - December 6

1969 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones - December 6

1964 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs - December 7

1973 Wings release "Band on the Run" - December 7

1980 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death - December 8

1980 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40 - December 8

1954 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music - December 9

1967 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace - December 9

World Choral Day - December 9 (Second Sunday in December)

1991 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - December 10

1792 In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven (22) receives 1st lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn - December 12

1969 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres - December 12

Ice Cream and Violins Day - December 13

1759 First music store in America opens (Philadelphia) - December 13

1849 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston) - December 14

1990 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London - December 14

1967 Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again" - December 15

2006 B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush - December 15

1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK - December 16

1994 Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI - December 16

1865 Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" premieres - December 17

1957 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship - December 17

1892 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker Suite" premieres - December 18

1964 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home - December 18

1960 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding) - December 19

1991 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances - December 19

1957 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service - December 20

1969 Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1 - December 20

1941 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres - December 21

1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy" - December 21

1894 Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris - December 22

1984 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks - December 22

1943 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY - December 23

1966 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program - December 23

1818 Christmas carol "Silent Night" composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria - December 24

1906 Reginald A Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass) - December 24

1896 "Stars & Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa - December 25

1964 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans - December 25

1871 Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years. - December 26

1966 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club - December 26

1978 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Persins - December 27

1992 Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in NY's JFK airport - December 27

1958 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1 - December 28

1963 Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with "Sing a Sad Song" - December 28

1955 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13 - December 29

1993 Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment - December 29

1968 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude" - December 30

1974 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought) - December 30

1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater - December 31

1993 Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years - December 31


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