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December 1946 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Dec 14 "Three to Make Ready" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 323 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 19 Noël Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 20 Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • 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 Gilbert O'Sullivan, Irish singer (Alone Again Naturally)

Person of interestJosé Carreras

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

Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • 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 20 Douglass Lubahn, psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist (d. 2019)
  • Dec 21 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), 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 23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 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, English folk-rock singer-songwriter ("As Tears Go By"), 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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 6 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 15 Gordon Frederic Norton, composer, 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