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December 1918 in Music History

Events in Music

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Dec 14 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

Opera Composer Giacomo Puccini
Opera Composer
Giacomo Puccini

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"; "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • Dec 7 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2017)
  • Dec 8 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, born in Angers, France (d. 2004)
  • Dec 12 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), born in Cordele, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • Dec 16 Pierre Delanoë [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • Dec 19 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana (d. 1980)
  • Dec 23 Jose Greco, Italian-American flamenco dancer (Holiday for Lovers) (d. 2000), born in Montorio nei Frentani, Italy
  • Dec 24 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Dec 25 Eddie Safranski, orchestra leader (Jonathan Winters Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 18 Henryk Jarecki, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Bertram Luard-Selby, British organist and composer, dies at 65