December 1948 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 4 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances
  • Dec 8 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • Dec 16 "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Dec 29 "Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Dec 30 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Diane Kurys, [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 3 Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Dec 4 Southside Johnny Lyon, NJ, rocker (Asbury Jukes-Don't Want Go Home)
  • Dec 6 Marius Mueller-Westernhagen, rocker (Stinker), born in Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Dec 7 Gary Morris, country singer/actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 7 Mads Vinding, Danish bassist
  • Dec 9 Dennis Dunaway, rocker
  • Dec 10 Brendan Harkin, rocker
  • Dec 11 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer
  • Dec 12 Ray Jackson, rock musician
  • Dec 13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist (Steely Dan-Deacon Blues)
  • Dec 13 Ted Nugent, guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever, Damn Yankees), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 17 Jim Alexander, American musician (The Bar-Kays)
  • Dec 17 Jim Bonfanti, rocker (Raspberries-Go All the Way)
  • Dec 18 Bill Nelson, English musician (Be Bop Deluxe)
  • Dec 18 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • Dec 20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Alan Parsons, audio engineer/music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician
  • Dec 25 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer and actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 27 Larry Byrom, rocker (Steppenwolf-Hour of the World)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Donna Summer, singer (Love to Love You Baby, On the Radio), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 Reginald Owen Morris, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68