On This Day

December 1928 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 4 Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn's musical "Whoopee" premieres in NYC

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Dec 13 George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" premieres (NYC)

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Dec 28 Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 6 Bobby Van, American musical actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1980)
  • Dec 7 Raymond Warren, British composer
  • Dec 12 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer and guitarist, born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • Dec 15 Jerry Wallace, American singer (If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry), born in Guilford, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • Dec 19 Galt MacDermot, Canadian composer (Hair), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2018)
  • Dec 19 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), born in Gloucester, England (d. 2006)
  • Dec 20 Charles Donald Adams, English opera singer and actor, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Dec 21 Thomas Rajna, Hungarian-born composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 23 Chronis Aidonidis, Greek singer, born in Karoti, Greece
  • Dec 23 Buddy Harman, American drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • Dec 25 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • Dec 28 Kamillo Lendvay, composer
  • Dec 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (d. 2001)
  • Dec 29 Bernard Cribbins, British character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian (Val Doonican Show), born in Oldham, Lancashire
  • Dec 30 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • Dec 31 Ross Barbour, American singer (4 Freshmen), born in Columbus, Indiana (d. 2011)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 18 Lucien Capet, French composer and violinist, dies at 55