On This Day

December 1944 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Béla Bartòk's Concerto for orchestra, premieres

Composer and Pianist Béla Bartok
Composer and Pianist
Béla Bartok
  • Dec 1 Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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

Conductor and Composer Leonard Bernstein
Conductor and Composer
Leonard Bernstein

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 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 Jonathan King, English singer and songwriter ("Everyone's Gone To The Moon") and record producer, born in London
  • Dec 6 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), born in Oldham, Lancashire (d. 2007)
  • 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, 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 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 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), born in Llanelli (d. 2017)
  • Dec 19 Alvin Lee, British rock vocalist and guitarist (10 Years After), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2013)
  • Dec 19 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2002)
  • Dec 19 Steve Tyrell [Stephen Bilao III], American jazz and standards singer and record producer, born in Palo Pinto, Texas
  • 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 Colin "Barry" Jenkins , English rock drummer (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 - "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.

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

Deaths in Music

Glenn 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, German violinist, conductor, composer (Max und Moritz) and pedagogue, dies at 66
  • Dec 27 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), dies at 77