December 1934 in Music History

Events in Music

Film Premiere

Dec 21 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture

Music Premiere

Dec 27 Musical revue "Thumbs Up", including music and lyrics by Vernon Duke, James Hanley, and Ira Gershwin (among others), premieres at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 156 performance


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer ("Me & Mrs. Jones"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 5 Art Davis, American bassist ("A Time Remembered"), born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Dec 7 Armando Manzanero, Mexican composer and singer ("It’s Impossible"; "Adoro"), born in Merida, Mexico (d. 2020) date disputed [1]
  • Dec 9 Alan Ridout, British composer, born in West Wickham, England (d. 1996)
  • Dec 9 Junior Wells, American blues singer ("In My Younger Days"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Dec 12 Habib Hassan Touma, Palestinian composer, born in Nazareth, Israel (d. 1998)
  • Dec 21 (Bennie Ross) "Hank" Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter ("Help Me Make It Through the Night"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • Dec 21 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Dec 23 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor (I Solisti Veneti), born in Padua (d. 2018)
  • Dec 25 McKinley Mitchell, American gospel, blues, and R&B singer ("The Town I Live In"), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • Dec 30 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Runaway"), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 8 Bernhard Seklas, composer, dies at 62