On This Day

December 1916 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Dec 6 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Person of interestBetty Grable

Dec 18 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1973)

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • Dec 19 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)
  • Dec 25 Daniel Devoto, composer
  • Dec 26 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, born in Linz (d. 2005)
  • Dec 31 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), born in Paris, France (d. 2020)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 20 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 William Wallace Gilchrist, American composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Bernhard Scholz, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (318 dances), dies at 81
  • Dec 31 Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76