December 1949 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 8 Jule Styne's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 740 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 8 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Dec 17 "Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Mickey Thomas, rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Starship)
  • Dec 6 Linda Creed, American songwriter (d. 1986)
  • Dec 7 Tom Waits, California, rocker/song writer (Blue Valentine)
  • Dec 8 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • Dec 13 Randy Owen, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)
  • Dec 13 Tom Verlaine, [Miller], Mt Morris NJ, rock vocalist (Television)
  • Dec 13 Walter "Clyde" Owen, rocker
  • Dec 14 Cliff Williams, Australian rock bassist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 15 Adrian Belew, American musician (King Crimson), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • Dec 16 Billy Gibbons, American jazz-rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 17 Paul Rodgers, Engl, rocker (Bad Company-Feel Like Makin Love, Firm)
  • Dec 19 Lenny White, American jazz drummer (Chick Corea's Return to Forever), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 19 Sebastian [Knud Torben Christensen], Danish musician and composer, born in S√łnderborg, Denmark

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

Dec 22 Maurice Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2003)

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Dec 22 Michael Osborne, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Axe), born in Florida (d. 1984)

Person of interestRobin Gibb

Dec 22 Robin Gibb, English rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 2012)

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
  • Dec 23 Luther Grosvenor, rocker (Spooky Tooth)
  • Dec 25 Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira, Singer and icon of the Brazilian music
  • Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker, American musician
  • Dec 26 Ira Newborn, American orchestra leader (Manhattan Transfer), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 31 Sara K. [Sara Katherine Wooldridge], American musician (Gypsy Alley), born in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Music

Person of interestLead Belly

Dec 6 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Dec 17 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), dies at 72