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December 1946 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 11 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

  • Dec 14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances

Music Premiere

Dec 19 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

Music Premiere

Dec 20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

  • Dec 21 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
  • Dec 22 "Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances
  • Dec 26 "Beggar's Holiday" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 111 performances
  • Dec 26 "Toplitzky of Notre Dame" opens at Century Theater NYC for 60 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 (Raymond) "Gilbert" O'Sullivan, Irish singer-songwriter ("Alone Again Naturally"), born in Waterford, Ireland

José Carreras

Dec 5 José Carreras, Spanish opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), born in Barcelona

  • Dec 6 Dean Parks, American session guitarist (Kenny Loggins; Steely Dan; Lyle Lovett), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 8 John Rubinstein, American stage and screen actor, and singer (Pippin; Family: Grumpy Old Men (The Musical)), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 9 Dennis Dunaway, American rocker (Alice Cooper), born in Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Dec 9 Bill Church, American rock bass guitarist (Van Morrison; Sammy Hagar)
  • Dec 10 Ace Kefford, English bassist (The Move), born in Birmingham, England
  • Dec 10 Gloria Loring, American actress and singer (Days of our Life), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 12 Clive Bunker, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • Dec 12 Denny Dias, American rock guitarist (Steely Dan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 13 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • Dec 14 Jackie McAuley, Irish rock pianist (Them - "Here Comes The Night"), born in Coleraine, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 14 Jane Birkin, British pop singer ("Je t'aime... moi non plus") and actress (Dust; Death On The Nile), born in Marylebone, London, England
  • Dec 14 Joyce Vincent Wilson, American pop singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 15 Carmine Appice, American musician (Have You Heard, Keep on Rolling), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 15 Harry Ray, American soul singer (Ray, Goodman, Brown - "Special Lady"), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • Dec 16 Benny Andersson, Swedish pop composer and musician (ABBA), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 16 Trevor Pinnock, English conductor and harpsichordist (The English Concert), born in Canterbury, England
  • Dec 17 Alex Ligertwood, Scottish session and touring singer and guitarist (Santana; Go Ahead), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 20 Douglass Lubahn, psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (The Beach Boys - "God Only Knows"), born in Hawthorne California (d. 1998)
  • Dec 21 Christopher Keene, American conductor (La Traviata), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1995)
  • Dec 21 Kevin Peek, Australian guitarist, born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2013)
  • Dec 22 Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter (Cheap Trick- "I Want You to Want Me"), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • Dec 22 Mary McCaslin, American contemporary folk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player ("Prairie In The Sky"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2021)
  • Dec 24 Jan Akkerman, Dutch guitarist and composer (Focus - "Can't Stand Noise"), born in Amsterdam
  • Dec 25 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Dec 28 Edgar Winter, American rock musician ("Frankenstein"; "Free Ride"), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Dec 29 Marianne Faithfull, British folk-rock and jazz singer-songwriter ("As Tears Go By"; "Broken English"), and actress, born in Hampstead, England
  • Dec 30 Patti Smith, American poet and punk rock vocalist (Horses; "Because The Night"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 30 Clive Bunker, British drummer (Jethro Tull, 1967-71), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Weddings in Music

Bill Haley

Dec 11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock 'n' roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe; divorce in 1952

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 6 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 15 Frederic Norton, British composer ( Chu Chin Chow), dies at 77
  • Dec 28 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer (Shanewis (or The Robin Woman); The Sky Hawk), dies at 65