December 1937 in Music History

Events in Music

Hooray for What!

Dec 1 Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's anti-war musical "Hooray for What!", starring Ed Wynn and directed by Vincente Minnelli, opens at the Winter Garden Theatre, NYC; runs for 200 performances

Radio Premiere

Dec 25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st "Symphony of the Air" concert over NBC Radio


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Gordon Crosse, British contemporary classical composer (Grace of Todd; Purgatory; Changes), and educator, born in Bury, England (d. 2021)
  • Dec 2 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher, and conductor, born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2018)
  • Dec 10 Don Sebesky, American Grammy and Tony Award-winning arranger, composer, orchestra leader, jazz trombonist, and accordion player (Maynard Ferguson; Wes Montgomery; CTI Records), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 2023)
  • Dec 11 (Bobbe) "Beegie" Adair (née Long), American jazz and Nashville-based session pianist, and educator, born in Cave City, Kentucky (d. 2022)
  • Dec 12 Connie Francis [Concetta Franconero], American singer and actress (Where the Boys Are), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), born in Bexhill-on-Sea, England (d. 2012)
  • Dec 16 Bobby Porcelli, American Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz saxophone and flute player, born in New York City
  • Dec 16 Jim Glaser, American singer (Glaser Bros-Getting to Me Again), born in Spalding, Nebraska
  • Dec 16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • Dec 17 Art Neville, American funk and R&B singer, keyboard player, and songwriter (Neville Brothers; The Funky Meters), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • Dec 25 O'Kelly Isley, singer (Isley Brothers - "Twist and Shout"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 30 (Noel) Paul Stookey, American singer, songwriter and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary - "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 30 John Hartford [Harford] American country and bluegrass banjo player, fiddler, and singer-songwriter ("Gentle on My Mind"), born in New York City (d. 2001)
  • Dec 30 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, born in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 26 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Dec 28 French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), dies at 62