December 1940 in Music

Birthdays in Music


Person of interestRichard Pryor

Dec 1 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Pecoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • Dec 4 Freddy Cannon, [Picariello], Lynn Ma, rocker (Palisades Park)
  • Dec 6 Steve Alaimo, rocker (Mashed Potatoes), born in Rochester, New York
  • Dec 9 Sammy Strain, US singer (Imperials-Hurt So Bad)
  • Dec 12 Dionne Warwick, singer (Solid Gold, Way to San Jose), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Dimitri van Toren, Dutch vocalist/composer
  • Dec 19 Phil Ochs, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Dec 20 Larry Willis, rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • Dec 21 Frank Zappa, American rocker, composer, activist and filmmaker (Mothers of Invention, Catholic Girls), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • Dec 21 Paul, [Ray Hildebrand], Tx, singer (Hey Paula)
  • Dec 23 Eugene Record, US singer (Chi Lites-Give it Away)
  • Dec 23 Jorma Kaukonen, rock guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 25 Peter Brown, rocker, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Pete Brown, English musician and songwriter (Cream), born in Ashtead, Surrey
  • Dec 28 Alvin Singleton, American composer, born in New York City
  • Dec 28 Lonnie Liston Smith, US jazz performer (Cosmic Echoes, Magic Lady)
  • Dec 29 Peter Koelewijn, Dutch writer/vocalist (Come off that Roof)
  • Dec 31 Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru), born in Munich, Germany

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 3 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 5 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 16 William Wallace, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 30 Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79