December 1932 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 26 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" opens at Mansfield Theater, NYC; runs for 17 performances
  • Dec 27 Radio City Music Hall, designed by Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey opens at Rockerfeller Center in Manhattan, New York City

Film Premiere

Dec 29 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers' 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Bob Cranshaw, American jazz bassist (Blue Note Records; Sonny Rollins; Stanley Turrentine; Duke Pearson), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Dec 3 Corry Brokken, Dutch pop singer (1957 Eurovision), born in Breda, The Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Dec 4 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, born in Puno, Peru (d. 2010)
  • Dec 5 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)

Little RichardLittle Richard (1932-2020)

Dec 5 American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia

  • Dec 9 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Dec 9 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • Dec 14 Abbe Lane, American singer and wife of Xavier Cugat (Xavier Cugat Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 14 Charlie Rich, American country vocalist (Behind Closed Doors), born in Colt, Arkansas (d. 1995)
  • Dec 15 Curtis Fuller, American jazz trombonist (Yusef Lateef; John Coltrane; Farmer/Golson Jazztet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • Dec 15 Elaine Barkin, American composer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 15 Igor Štuhec, Slovenian contemporary classical composer (Entuziazmi; Differentiations), born in Kremberk, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia)
  • Dec 16 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, Soviet-Russian pianist, organist, and composer (The Little Hump-backed Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 21 Ilja Zeljenka, Slovak composer (Oświęcim), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) (d. 2007)
  • Dec 28 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer ("Tall Oak Tree"; "Hey Little One"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • Dec 28 [Grace] Nichelle Nichols, American actress (Star Trek - "Lt. Uhura") and singer (Down To Earth; "Fly Me To The Moon"), born in Robbins, Illinois (d. 2022)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 24 Eyvind Alnæs, Norwegian pianist, organist, choral director, and composer, dies at 60