On This Day

December 1923 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 31 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Dec 5 Johnny Pate, American jazz bassist (Chicago soul), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Dec 10 Abelardo Quinteros, Chilean composer, born in Valparaiso, Chile
  • Dec 12 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor, conductor, and composer (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Dec 16 Werner Haentjes, German conductor and composer of operas and film scores, born in Bocholt, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Dec 23 Milt Okun, American music producer, conductor, and arranger (John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2008)
  • Dec 25 Louis Lane, American conductor (Oere Orch 1968-73), born in Eagle Pass, Texas

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 18 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) divorces Daisy Parker after 5 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, takes his own life at 72
  • Dec 16 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 22 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, dies at 67