December 1944 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

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Dec 15 Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Dec 28 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Dec 3 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), born in Braga, Portugal (d. 1984)
  • Dec 4 Chris Hillman, San Diego Caliafornia, singer (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn)
  • Dec 4 Dennis Wilson, Hawthorne CA, drummer/vocalist (Beach Boys)
  • Dec 4 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 6 Jonathan King, English singer-songwriter (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) and record producer, born in London
  • Dec 7 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist
  • Dec 9 George Baker, [Hans Bouwens], Dutch vocalist (G B Selection)
  • Dec 9 Guy Darrell [John Swail], British singer (I've Been Hurt), born in Kent, England
  • Dec 11 Booker T Jones, US organist (Booker T & MGs-Green Onions) [or Nov 12]
  • Dec 11 Brenda Lee, [Brenda Mae Tarpley], Lithonia Ga, singer (I'm Sorry)
  • Dec 11 David Ashley White, composer
  • Dec 11 Jon Garrison, American tenor
  • Dec 12 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5) (d. 1991)
  • Dec 16 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 18 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli (d. 2017)
  • Dec 19 Alvin Lee, Nottingham England, rock vocals/guitarist (10 Years After), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 19 Zal Yanovsky, rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful-Do You Believe in Magic)
  • Dec 20 Robert Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Barry Jenkins, rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • Dec 24 Mike Curb, singer (Mike Curb Congregation), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Dec 25 Henry Vestine, rock guitarist (Canned Heat-On the Road Again)
  • Dec 27 Mick Jones, rock guitarist (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love is)
  • Dec 27 Tracy Nelson, American singer, born in Madison, Wisconsin

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Country music star Hank Williams (21) weds Audrey Sheppard. It was her second marriage and his first.

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

Deaths in Music


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Dec 15 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), dies in a suspected plane crash at 40

Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer Glenn Miller
Big Band Leader and Jazz Composer
Glenn Miller
  • Dec 22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • Dec 24 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 27 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, dies at 77