On This Day

December 1938 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Sandy Nelson, American rock drummer ("Teen Beat"; "Let There Be Drums"), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2022)
  • Dec 3 José Serebrier, Uruguayan conductor and composer (Star Wagon; Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Dec 4 Yvonne Minton, Australian-British soprano, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 5 J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist and songwriter ("After Midnight": "Call Me The Breeze"; "Cocaine"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Dec 6 Oxana Yablonskaya, Russian concert pianist, and music professor (Juilliard School, 1978-2009), born in Moscow, USSR
  • Dec 9 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 Yuri Temirkanov, Russian conductor (Kirov), born in Nalchik, Russia
  • Dec 11 Enrico Macias, Algerian-French singer, born in Constantine, Algeria
  • Dec 11 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Dec 12 Joel Chadabe, American electronic music composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2021)
  • Dec 13 Alvin Curran, American composer (Inner Cities; I Dreamt John Cage Yodeling at the Zurich Hauptbahnhof), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Dec 13 Tony Gomez, British rock keyboardist (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) (d. 2015)
  • Dec 17 Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • Dec 18 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun") and artist manager (Jimi Hendrix), born in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Dec 20 John Harris Harbison, American composer (The Flight Into Egypt), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 21 Roland Coryn, Belgian violist, composer, and music educator, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Dec 25 David Borden, composer
  • Dec 28 Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws) and singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
  • Dec 28 Dick Sudhalter, American jazz trumpeter, and writer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 4 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch classical pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76