December 1939 in Music

Events in Music


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Dec 3 Dmitri Shostakovich's 6th Symphony premieres

  • Dec 6 Cole Porter's musical "Du Barry was a Lady" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 William Walton's violinist concert premieres in Cleveland

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Dianne Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 Frédéric van Rossum, Belgian composer, born in Ixelles, Belgium
  • Dec 6 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 8 James Galway, flutist (18k gold flute, Royal Phil), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 8 Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
  • Dec 11 David Gates, American rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 15 Cindy Birdsong, rock vocalist (Labelle-Rainbow, Supremes), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Nicolaus A Huber, composer
  • Dec 17 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
  • Dec 17 James Booker, R&B musician (Gonzo), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 18 Henrica M L "Wiesje" Backer, Dutch dancer/actress/playwright
  • Dec 20 Kim Weston, American soul singer (It Takes Two), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 20 Klaus Schweizer, composer
  • Dec 20 Bill Keith, American banjoist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Dec 22 James Gurley, American guitar player (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • Dec 23 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], American rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • Dec 25 Bob James, American smooth jazz musician, born in Marshall, Missouri
  • Dec 26 [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 28 Charles Neville, American vocalist and saxophonist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • Dec 29 William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, American country singer (Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys), born in Keiser, Arkansas

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), dies at 63
  • Dec 10 Wilhelm Grosz, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 19 Eric Fogg, English composer, dies under a train at 36
  • Dec 22 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", dies at 53