Music History for
December 15


1657 - Composer Michel-Richard Delalande was born.

1893 - Anton Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E-minor, Opus 95, "From the New World," was performed in New York City during a "public rehearsal" at Carnegie Hall. The official world premier was the next day.

1944 - A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

1959 - The Everly Brothers recorded "Let It Be Me" in New York City. It was the first time they recorded outside of Nashville and it was the first time they recorded with strings.

1967 - The Beach Boys met Maharishi Yogi in Paris and learned transcendental meditation.

1968 - Grace Slick appeared in blackface when Jefferson Airplane appeared on the Smothers Brothers TV show on CBS.

1969 - John Lennon gave his last live performance in England. It was a UNICEF benefit in London.

1977 - The Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S. only two days before they were to appear on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

1992 - Nirvana released Incesticide, a collection of b-sides and rarities.

1992 - Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic was released.

1997 - The movie Spice World premiered in the U.K.

1997 - The surviving members INXS released a tape of an interview in which they talk about the life and death of the group's late vocalist Michael Hutchence. The band members had been reluctant to give interviews until this release.

1998 - Andrew Lloyd Webber was acquitted on charges that he plagiarized a 20-year-old song to write the theme from "The Phantom Of The Opera."

1999 - Garth Brooks said on TNN's Crook & Chase show that he planned to keep an "extremely low" profile in 2000 and that he would "probably" announce his retirement at the end of the year.