On This Day

December 1947 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 8 "Caribbean Carnival" opens at International Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Dec 11 Bob Hilliard and Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • Dec 13 "Caribbean Carnival" closes at International NYC after 11 performances
  • Dec 26 "Cradle Will Ruck" opens at Mansfield Theater NYC for 34 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Alain Bashung, French singer
  • Dec 3 John Wilson, Irish rock drummer (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 4 Terry Woods, Irish musician (The Pogues, Steeleye Span), born in Dublin
  • Dec 5 Jim Messina, American guitarist and songwriter (Buffalo Springfield; Poco: Loggins & Messina - "Your Mamma Don't Dance"), born in Maywood, California
  • Dec 5 Kim Simmonds, Welsh guitarist (Savoy Brown), born in Newbridge, Wales
  • Dec 5 Rick Wills, British bass guitarist (Peter Frampton, 1972-74: Foreigner, 1977-91), born in Cambridge, England
  • Dec 6 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 8 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • Dec 14 Christopher Parkening, American classical guitarist (transcribed sacred music), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 17 Jim Hodder, American drummer (Steely Dan), born in Bethpage, New York (d. 1990)
  • Dec 19 Janie Fricke, American country music singer (It Ain't Easy Bein' Easy), born in South Whitley, Indiana
  • Dec 20 Gigliola Cinquetti, Italian pop singer, born in Verona, Italy
  • Dec 21 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, born in Algeciras, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Janet Perry, American operatic soprano, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 27 Alan Bruce "Albhy" Galuten, American Grammy Award-winning record producer, composer, and arranger (Bee Gees), born in Hartsdale, New York
  • Dec 28 Dick Diamonde [Van Der Sluys], Hilversum, rock bassist (Easybeats)
  • Dec 29 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, ELP), born in Cirencester, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • Dec 30 Jeff Lynne, British rock singer-songwriter and record producer (ELO - "Livin' Thing", Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"; Beatles - "Free As A Bird"), born in Shard End, Birmingham, England
  • Dec 31 Burton Cummings, Canadian rock singer-songwriter, and keyboardist (Guess Who - "These Eyes"), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Dec 31 Rita Lee [Jones], Brazilian rock singer, songwriter and musician (Os Mutantes), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dec 31 June Tabor, British folk singer, born in Warwick, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21)

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
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