On This Day

December 1921 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), born in Tipton, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • Dec 3 Phyllis Curtin, American soprano (NYC Opera, 1953-64), born in Clarksburg, West Virginia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2013)
  • Dec 6 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Dec 7 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 2006)
  • Dec 8 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 9 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Dec 18 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), born in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia (d. 2015)
  • Dec 19 Ludvík Podéšť, Czech composer, born in Dubňany (d. 1968)
  • Dec 21 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • Dec 22 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), born in Huntington, West Virginia (d. 1963)
  • Dec 22 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), born in Cicero, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Dec 24 Gerard Thomas Victory, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1995)

Steve Allen

Dec 26 Steve Allen, American comedian, composer, writer and TV host (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Dec 28 Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
  • Dec 28 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), born in Vallejo California (d. 2012)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 10 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • Dec 16 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • Dec 25 Hans Huber, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (The Blind Musician), dies at 68