On This Day

December 1948 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 4 "Magdalena" closes at Ziegfeld Theater, NYC, after 48 performances
  • Dec 8 "Marinka" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 168 performances
  • Dec 16 "Lend an Ear" opens at National Theater NYC for 460 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 23 "Cinderella" the first full-length ballet by Frederick Ashton with music by Sergei Prokofiev is first presented by Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden, London

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • Dec 29 "Rape of Lucretia" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Dec 30 "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 30 Cole Porter's musical "Kiss Me Kate" opens at the New Century Theatre, NYC, later transferred to Sam S. Shubert Theatre; runs for 1077 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter

Birthdays in Music

Person of interestOzzy Osbourne

Dec 3 (John) "Ozzy" Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Dec 4 Southside Johnny [Lyons], American rocker (Asbury Jukes - I Don't Want Go Home), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • Dec 6 Marius Müller-Westernhagen, German rocker (Stinker), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Dec 7 Gary Morris, American country singer and actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 7 Yoko Morishita, Japanese prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Dec 7 Mads Vinding, Danish jazz double-bassist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dec 10 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • Dec 11 Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 11 Chester Thompson, American session and touring drummer and percussionist (Frank Zappa; Genesis; Chester Thompson Trio), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 12 Ray Jackson, English rock musician, born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England
  • Dec 13 Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, American rock guitarist (Steely Dan; The Doobie Brothers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 13 Ted Nugent, American rock guitarist (Cat Scratch Fever; Damn Yankees) and right-wing gun advocate, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 13 Davy O'List, English rocker (Roxy Music), born in Chiswick, London
  • Dec 17 James Alexander, American R&B bassist (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger"; "Shaft)
  • Dec 17 Jim Bonfanti, American drummer (Raspberries - "Go All the Way"), born in Windber, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 18 Bill Nelson, British progressive rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Be-Bop Deluxe), born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Dec 18 Laurent Voulzy, French singer and composer
  • Dec 20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Alan Parsons, British music producer (The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot) and recording engineer (The Dark Side of the Moon; Let it Be), born in London, England
  • Dec 21 Willi Resetarits, Austrian musician, born in Stinatz, Austria

Person of interestBarbara Mandrell

Dec 25 Barbara Mandrell, American country singer and TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Dec 25 Merry Clayton, American soul and gospel singer (Ray Charles; Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter") and actress, born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 27 Larry Byrom, American rock guitarist (Steppenwolf, 1969-71), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Dec 27 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), born in Woking, Surrey, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestDonna Summer

Dec 31 Donna Summer [LaDonna Gaines], American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On the Radio"; "Last Dance"), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Dec 31 Stephen Cleobury, British organist and music director (King's College - Cambridge, 1982-2019), born in Bromley, England (d. 2019)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 R. O. Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer & music teacher, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68