On This Day

December 1950 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Premiere

Dec 11 Paul Hindemith's Concerto for clarinet, premieres

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith
  • Dec 13 "Let's Make an Opera" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 14 Musical "Bless You All" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Dec 16 "Let's Make an Opera" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music Premiere

Dec 21 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC; runs for 157 performances

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • Dec 30 "Sixty Minute Man" record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

#1 in the Charts

Dec 30 "Tennessee Waltz" sung by Patti Page hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks)

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Keith Thibodeaux, American actor and drummer
  • Dec 2 Merrill Ashley, American ballerina (NYC Ballet), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Dec 5 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Dec 5 Osvaldo Golijov, Argentine composer (Oceana), born in La Plata, Argentina
  • Dec 6 Daniël Sahuleka, Moluks-Dutch singer and guitarist (Viva la Libertad), born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Dec 6 Joe Hisaishi, Japanese composer and music director, born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan
  • Dec 8 Jimmy Farrar, American rock vocalist (Molly Hatchet), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Dec 8 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America"), born in West Hanover, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • Dec 8 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in Richmond, Virgina (d. 2018)
  • Dec 9 Joan Armatrading, British singer (Back to the Night), born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts
  • Dec 10 Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish pianist, composer and educator (University of Limerick), born in Clonmel, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Dec 12 Richard Galliano, French jazz, tango, and classical accordionist, born in Cannes, France
  • Dec 13 Don Dixon, American musician, songwriter and record producer (R.E.M.; Smithereeens; Marti Jones; Hootie & The Blowfish; Marshall Crenshaw), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Dec 15 Stjepko Gut, Serbian jazz trumpeter, flügelhorn player, and teacher, born in Ruma, Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
  • Dec 17 Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • Dec 18 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 18 (Randolpho) Randy Castillo, American rock and mariachi drummer (Ozzy Osbourne; Mötley Crüe; Azul), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2002)
  • Dec 20 Don Heffington, American touring and session drummer, singer, songwriter and producer (Lone Justice; Watkins Family Hour; Emmylou Harris), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • Dec 21 Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Dec 24 (Elizabeth) "Libby" Larsen, American classical composer, and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Dec 24 Peter te Bos, Dutch singer (Claw Boys Claw), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 26 Michael Jones, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
  • Dec 27 Terry Bozzio, American drummer (Missing Persons; Frank Zappa), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 28 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Dec 29 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, born in Daytona, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Dec 30 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 2 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, dies of Hodgkins disease complications at 33
  • Dec 15 Robert Müller-Hartmann, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 16 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Walter Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Emile Enthoven, Dutch composer and lawyer, dies at 47
  • Dec 31 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), dies at 83