December 1943 in Music

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 3 Howard Hanson's 4th Symphony premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Dec 23 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady, NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 David Munden, British drummer (The Tremeloes), born in Essex
  • Dec 6 Mike Smith, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England

Person of interestJim Morrison

Dec 8 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, born in Melbourne, Florida (d. 1971)

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Dec 9 Kenny Vance, American musician and producer (Jay and the Americans, The Planotones), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 10 Jessica Cleaves, rocker
  • Dec 12 Dave Munden, rock drummer (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
  • Dec 12 Dickey Betts, guitarist (Allman Bros-Ramblin' Man), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Dec 12 Grover Washington Jr., US jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • Dec 12 Mike Smith, rock musician
  • Dec 13 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (d. 2002)
  • Dec 13 Margaret "Marti" Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
  • Dec 14 Frank Allen, rock vocalist (Searchers-Needles & Pins)
  • Dec 16 Anthony 'Tony' Hicks, Nelson Lancashire, British rock guitarist (The Hollies)
  • Dec 17 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • Dec 17 William Brooks, composer
  • Dec 17 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and composer
  • Dec 18 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)

Person of interestKeith Richards

Dec 18 Keith Richards, English guitarist and songwriter (The Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
  • Dec 21 Albert Lee, English guitarist, born in Lingen, Herefordshire
  • Dec 23 Derek Small, rocker (Spinal Tap)
  • Dec 23 Ross Edwards, composer
  • Dec 25 Trevor Lucas, rocker (Fairport Convention)
  • Dec 27 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician
  • Dec 28 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London, England
  • Dec 28 Bobby Comstock, rocker
  • Dec 29 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), born in Blayney, Ontario (d. 1999)
  • Dec 30 Rolf Gehlhaar, composer
  • Dec 31 Peter Quaife, English rock bassist (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)

Person of interestJohn Denver

Dec 31 John Denver, American country singer (Rocky Mt High, "thank god he's a country boy"), born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Dec 31 Pete Qualfe, English rocker (The Kinks), born in Tavistock, Devon (d. 2010)

Weddings in Music

  • Dec 5 Singer and actress Dinah Shore (27) weds actor George Montgomery (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Actor and comedian Carl Reiner (21) weds singer Estelle Lebost (29)

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 6 Hermann Löhr, British composer, dies at 72

Person of interestFats Waller

Dec 15 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • Dec 25 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer, dies at 62
  • Dec 25 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer, dies at 82