On This Day

December 1934 in Music History

Events in Music


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

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • Dec 27 "Thumbs Up" a musical revue, including music and lyrics by Vernon Duke & James Hanley premieres in NYC

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