December 1930 in Music History

Events in Music


Dec 3 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London

The New Yorkers

Dec 8 Cole Porter's musical "The New Yorkers" opens at B. S. Moss's Broadway Theatre, NYC; runs for 169 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), born Shoreditch, London (d. 1985)
  • Dec 4 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • Dec 4 Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German composer, born in Gornsdorf, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Dec 7 Richard Felciano, American composer, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 8 Alain Weber, French composer, born in Château-Thierry (d. 2019)
  • Dec 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), born in London (d. 1994)
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • Dec 17 Makoto Moroi, Jpansese composer (Yamauba; The Vision of Cain), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Dec 23 Barbara Ruick, American actress (Carousel; Fearless Fagan), and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), born in Pasadena, California (d. 1974)
  • Dec 24 Robert Joffrey [Abdullah Jaffa Anver Bey Khan], American dancer, teacher, and choreographer (co-founder of Joffrey Ballet), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1988)
  • Dec 26 Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter, born in Vaucresson, France (d. 2010)
  • Dec 27 Jacqueline Fontyn, Belgian pianist, contemporary classical composer (Vent d'Est for Accordion and Strings; Halo for Harp), and music educator (1963-90), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dec 29 Glenn Reeves, American rockabilly singer-songwriter (co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel"), and radio deejay, born in Shamrock, Texas (d. 1998)
  • Dec 29 Willy Giefer, German composer, born in Koblenz, Germany
  • Dec 30 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Dec 30 Paul Bowles, American writer (The Sheltering Sky), translator, and composer,born in Jamaica, Queens, New York (d. 1999)
  • Dec 31 Odetta [Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 17 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, dies of a probable suicide at 36
  • Dec 24 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 25 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), dies at 65