On This Day

December 1944 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres
  • Dec 1 Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, American singer (The Byrds - Turn Turn Turn), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 4 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and vocalist (Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne, California (d. 1983)
  • 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, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 9 George Baker [Johannes Bouwens], Dutch singer and songwriter (Paloma Blanca, Little Green Bag), born in Hoorn, Netherlands
  • Dec 9 Guy Darrell [John Swail], British singer (I've Been Hurt), born in Kent, England
  • Dec 11 Brenda Lee, American singer (I'm Sorry), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 11 David Ashley White, American composer and educator, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 11 Jon Garrison, American tenor, born in Higginsville, Missouri
  • Dec 12 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5), born in Detroit, Michigan (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, American conductor (NY Phil Young People), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Barry Jenkins, English musician (Animals-House of the Rising Sun), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Mike Curb, American singer (Mike Curb Congregation), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Dec 25 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • Dec 25 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 27 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner-Want to Know What Love is), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Dec 27 Tracy Nelson, American singer, born in Madison, Wisconsin

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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


Person of interestGlenn Miller

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