On This Day

December 1945 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 21 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 John Densmore, LA, drummer (Doors-C'mon Light My Fire)

Person of interestBette Midler

Dec 1 Bette Midler, American actress and singer (Beaches, Wind Beneath my Wings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler
  • Dec 3 Laura Dean, Staten Island composer/choreographer (Drumming), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 7 Marion Rung, Finnish pop singer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Dec 9 Michael Nouri, American actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 10 Eric Boom, Dutch guitarist and producer
  • Dec 12 Alan Ward, English rock musician, born in Nottingham, England
  • Dec 12 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • Dec 16 Tony Hicks, British rock guitarist (The Hollies), born in Nelson, England
  • Dec 19 John McEuen, rocker (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • Dec 20 Peter Criss [George Peter John Criscuola], American drummer and singer (Kiss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 23 Georges Aperghis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 23 Ronald Bushy, American rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 24 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 24 John Till, Canadian musician, born in Stratford, Canada
  • Dec 25 Noel Redding, rocker (The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Purple Haze)
  • Dec 25 Steve Mancha, [Clyde Wilson], American singer/songwriter (Too Many Cooks)
  • Dec 28 Dwight Bement, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl)

Person of interestDavy Jones

Dec 30 Davy Jones, English singer (The Monkees), born in Manchester, England (d. 2012)

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones
  • Dec 30 Preston Andrew Trombly, composer

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 8 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Francisco Pujol, composer, dies at 67