December 1941 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 21 David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres

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Dec 27 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 7th Symphony in Siberia


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Tom McGuiness, rocker (McGuiness-Flint)
  • Dec 6 Helen Cornelius, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Monroe City, Missouri
  • Dec 6 John Nelson, conductor (Les Troyens of Berlioz), born in San José, Costa Rica
  • Dec 9 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • Dec 10 Chad Stuart, Windermere Cumberland, UK rock vocalist/guitarist (Chad & Jeremy)
  • Dec 10 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Kawasaki (d. 1985)
  • Dec 11 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Bilthoven, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • Dec 12 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress/vocalist (Theodorakis)
  • Dec 12 Robert Covington, drummer/singer
  • Dec 12 Terry Kirkman, Salina Ks, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Association)
  • Dec 12 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Tuxedo Junction), born in Troy, New York, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 18 Sam Andrew, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Company-Cheap Thrills)
  • Dec 18 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer
  • Dec 19 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Tim Hardin, Eugene, Oregon, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Bird on a Wire)
  • Dec 23 Ron Bushy, American musician
  • Dec 25 Don Pullen, pianist/composer
  • Dec 25 Ronald Perera, composer
  • Dec 27 Leslie Maguire, English pianist (Gerry & Pacemakers-Ferry Cross the Mersey), born in Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 Mike Pinder [Michael Thomas Pinder], English keyboard player and Mellotron pioneer (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • Dec 29 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), born in Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom (d. 2018)

Weddings in Music


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Dec 26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay

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Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 7 Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 24 Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
  • Dec 31 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, dies at 85