December 1944 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres in Symphony Hall, Boston, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Serge Koussevitzky

Music History

Dec 15 American bandleader Major Glenn Miller, lost over the English Channel

Music Premiere

Dec 28 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 30 Sergei Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres in Moscow

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Eric Bloom, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Öyster Cult), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Dec 2 Gabriel Mekler, Israeli-American songwriter and record producer (Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Janis Joplin, Etta James), born in Palestine (d. 1977)
  • Dec 3 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), born in Braga, Portugal (d. 1984)
  • Dec 4 Anna McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 4 Chris Hillman, American bluegrass, folk-rock, and country bassist, mandolin player, guitarist, singer, snd songwriter (The Byrds; THe Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band) - Turn Turn Turn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 4 Craig Doerge, American session keyboard player, session musician, songwriter (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Jackson Browne), and record producer, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 4 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and vocalist (The Beach Boys), born in Hawthorne, California (d. 1983)
  • Dec 4 Lynford "Hux" Brown, Jamaican session and touring guitarist (Jimmy Cliff; Paul Simon; Toots and the Maytals), born in Port Antonio, Jamaica (d. 2020)
  • Dec 6 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • Dec 6 Jonathan King, English singer and songwriter ("Everyone's Gone To The Moon") and record producer, born in London
  • Dec 7 Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 8 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 [Brenda Mae Tarpley], American pop and country singer ("I'm Sorry"; "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"), 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 (Alejandro) "Alex" Acuña, Peruvian-American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Weather Report, Lee Ritenour; Joni Mitchell), educator and producer, born in Pativilca, Peru
  • Dec 12 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1991)
  • Dec 16 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • Dec 17 Giedrė Lukšaitė-Mrázková, Lithuanian–Czech harpsichord player, organist, and educator, born in Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Dec 18 (Roger) "Deke" Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli, Wales (d. 2017)
  • Dec 19 Alvin Lee, British rock vocalist and guitarist (10 Years After), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2013)
  • Dec 19 Steve Tyrell [Bilao], American jazz and standards singer ("The Way You Look Tonight"), and Grammy Award-winning record producer (Rod Stewart; B.J. Thomas), born in Palo Pinto, Texas
  • Dec 19 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • Dec 20 Robert "Bobby" Colomby, American rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears - "Spinning Wheel"), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 21 Michael Tilson Thomas, American conductor (San Francisco Symphony, 1995-2020), and composer (Shówa/Shoáh), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 (Michael) "Mo" Foster, British session and touring rock bassist and producer, born in Byfleet, Surrey, England
  • Dec 22 Colin "Barry" Jenkins, English rock drummer (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Dec 24 Mike Curb, American pop singer, chorale master, and producer (Mike Curb Congregation - "Sweet Gingerbread Man"), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Dec 25 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 25 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1997)
  • Dec 27 Mick Jones, English rock guitarist (Foreigner - "I Want to Know What Love Is"), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Dec 27 Tracy Nelson, American blues rock singer (Mother Earth), born in Madison, Wisconsin

Weddings in Music

Hank Williams

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

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 10 Johnny Marvin, American jazz, pop, and country ukulele player, singer, and vaudevillian, dies of dengue fever at 47

Glenn MillerGlenn Miller (1904-1944)

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

  • Dec 24 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, German violinist, conductor, composer (Max und Moritz) and pedagogue, dies at 66

Amy BeachAmy Beach (1867-1944)

Dec 27 American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), dies at 77