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Year 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 6 "Pardon Our French" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 100 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances

  • Jan 29 "Where's Charley?" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 3 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • Feb 10 "John and Marsha" by Stan Freberg, a parody of daytime soap operas which had only two voices repeating each other's names, peaks at #21 in the USA
  • Feb 24 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • Feb 25 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 278 performances
  • Mar 10 "Where's Charley?" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Mar 25 5th Tony Awards: "Guys & Dolls" (musical) and "The Rose Tattoo" (play) win

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 27 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Mar 29 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I", based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam", opens at St James Theater, New York City for 1246 performances; Star Yul Brynner would lead the cast of the 1956 film version, and play the role over 4,200 times

  • Mar 30 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony commissioned to mark the University of Minnesota's centennial, debuts by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti conducting
  • Apr 18 "Make a Wish" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • Apr 19 "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 267 performances
  • May 5 "Out of This World" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 157 performances
  • May 14 Sammy Fain and Yip Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances

  • Jun 14 "Courtin' Time" opens at National Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Jun 17 "Flahooley" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 40 performances
  • Jun 21 "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • Jun 30 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 14 "Courtin' Time" closes at National Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Jul 14 "Make a Wish" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 102 performances
  • Jul 19 "2 in the Aisle" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 276 performances
  • Jul 28 "Kiss Me, Kate" closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 26 Film "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture, 1952)

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • Sep 11 Stravinsky's opera "Rake's Progress," premieres in Venice
  • Sep 15 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld NYC after 740 performances
  • Sep 17 "Borscht Capades" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 90 performances
  • Oct 8 "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Johnny Mercer's "Top Banana" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 356 performances

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • Nov 12 "Paint Your Wagon" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances
  • Nov 13 Janet Collins is the first 1st African-American dancer to appear at the Metropolitan Opera, in a production of Aida
  • Nov 24 "17" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances
  • Nov 24 "Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 1 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London

  • Dec 2 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Aaron Copland's and Jerome Robbins' ballet "The Pied Piper" premieres in New York City

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 8 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • Dec 11 "The Wild Side of Life" single recorded by Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys (Billboard Song of the Year 1952)
  • Dec 24 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 262

  • Jan 4 Pete Haycock, British blues-rock guitarist, vocalist, and composer (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 6 Kim Wilson, American musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 8 Paul Dresher, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 9 Crystal Gayle, American country singer ("Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"; "One From The Heart"), born in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • Jan 12 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 12 Larry Hoppens, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orleans - "Still the One"; "Dance With Me"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2012)

Person of interestCharo

Jan 15 Charo [Maria Baeza], Spanish-American actress, comedienne and flamenco guitarist (Chico and the Man, Love Boat), born in Murcia, Spain

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo
  • Jan 15 Peter Collins, British sound engineer and record producer (Rush; October Project; Jermaine Stewart), born in London
  • Jan 16 Richard "Rick" Thompson, American funk-disco guitarist (B. T. Express - "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)")
  • Jan 19 Martha Davis, American rock singer-songwriter (Motels-Only the Lonely, Shame), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jan 20 Ivan Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jan 22 Dick Sims, American Hammond B-3 organist (Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2011)
  • Jan 26 Andy Hummell, American rock bassist (Big Star, 1971-73), born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • Jan 26 David Briggs, Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band, 1976-81 - "Lonesome Loser"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 26 Christopher North, American rock keyboardist (Ambrosia - "The Biggest Part Of Me"), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 27 Brian Downey, Irish rock drummer (Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back in Town"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jan 27 Seth Justman, American rock keyboardist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 William "Billy Bass" Nelson Jr, American funk-rock-soul bassist (Funkadelic), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Jan 29 Stevie "Keys" Roseman, American session and touring rock keyboardist (Journey), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 29 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • Jan 30 Andy Anderson, English drummer (Cure), born in Essex, England
  • Jan 30 Phil Collins, English drummer & singer (Genesis-Against All Odds), born in Chiswick, England
  • Jan 31 KC [Harry Wayne Casey], American disco and funk singer-songwriter and producer (KC & the Sunshine Band - ""That's the Way (I Like It)"; "Get Down Tonight"), born in Opa-locka, Florida
  • Jan 31 Phil Manzanera, English rock guitarist and record producer (Roxy Music - "Love Is The Drug"; "Avalon"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Dave Benton, Aruban-born musician, born in Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Feb 1 Clide "Sonny" Landreth, American blues and zydeco slide guitar player, born in Canton, Mississippi
  • Feb 2 Alphonso Johnson, American jazz bassist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 4 Dariush Eghbali, Iranian singer and musician, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Feb 5 Elizabeth Swados, American composer and playwright (1972 TONY), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Margo [Margeret Catherine O'Donnell], Irish singer, born in County Donegal, Ireland
  • Feb 9 Dennis "D.T." Thomas, American R&B saxophonist (Kool & Gang - "Celebration")
  • Feb 9 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • Feb 12 Gil Moore, Canadian hard rock drummer and vocalist (Triumph) and recording studio owner (Metalworks), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 13 Greg Fulginiti, American recording & mastering engineer, born in North Wildwood, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Michael Doucet, singer & musician (Beausoleil)
  • Feb 14 Sylvain Sylvain [Mizrahi], Egyptian-American rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2021)
  • Feb 15 Melissa Manchester, American pop singer (Don't Cry Out Loud), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 16 Super Chikan [James Johnson], American blues guitarist (Chikadelic), born in Darling, Mississippi
  • Feb 19 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • Feb 20 Kathy Baillie, American country vocalist (Baille Boys-Oh Heart), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Feb 20 Randy California [Wolfe], American guitarist (Spirit), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Feb 20 Patrice Fisher, American jazz, pop, and Celtic harpist, and teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 21 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • Feb 27 Steve Harley, English rocker (Come Up & See Me), born in Kent, England
  • Feb 28 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • Mar 1 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Mar 3 Lindsay Cooper, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel)
  • Mar 3 Rustee Allen, American funk and jazz fusion bass guitar player ( Sly and the Family Stone, 1972-75), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Mar 4 Chris Rea, English rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer ("Fool (If You Think It Is Over)"), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • Mar 4 Linda Yamamoto, Japanese singer
  • Mar 6 Walter Trout, American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter (Canned Heat; Bluesbreakers), born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Francis Rocco Prestia, American musician (Tower of Power)
  • Mar 9 Zakir Hussain, Punjabi tabla virtuoso, composer, producer (Global Drum Project), and film actor, born in Mahim, India
  • Mar 11 Katie Kissoon [Farthing], Trinidadian-British pop singer ("Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Chip"), and session and touring backing vocalist (Van Morrison; Eric Clapton; Roger Water; Mark Knopfler), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 12 Jack Green, Scottish musician (T. Rex, 1973-74; The Pretty Things, 1974-76), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 16 Ray Benson, American country singer (House of Blue Lights), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 16 Ritchie Teeter, American drummer (The Dictators, 1976-79; Twisted Sister, 1980-81) (d. 2012)
  • Mar 17 Scott Gorham, American rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"; "21 Guns"), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 18 Bill Frisell, American jazz guitarist, composer, and band leader, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mar 19 Derek Longmuir, Scottish rock drummer (Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 20 Guy Perry [Adrian Peritore], American rock guitarist (Motels, 1982-87 - "Only the Lonely"; "Suddenly Last Summer"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 20 Jimmie Vaughan, American blues-rock guitarist (Fabulous Thunderbirds - "Wrap It Up"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 21 Russell Thompkins Jr, American soul tenor, lead singer (Stylistics - "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 21 Conrad Lozano, American rock bass player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 22 Howard Reitzes, American rocker (Iron Butterfly). born in Southgate, California
  • Mar 23 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Mar 23 Phil Keaggy, American rock and contemporary Christian music acoustic and electric guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist (Glass Harp), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Mar 24 Dougie Thompson, Scottich bassist (Supertramp - "Bloody Well Right"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 25 Bob Pelander, American rock keyboardist/vocalist (Michael Stanley Band, 1976-87), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 25 Maisie Williams, British vocalist (Boney M), born in Brades, Montserrat, British West Indies
  • Mar 28 Karen Kain, Canadian ballerina, born in Hamilton, Canada
  • Mar 28 Matti Pellonpää, Finnish actor and musician, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1995)
  • Mar 31 Henry Spinetti, Welsh session and touring drummer (Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Katie Melua), born in in Cwm, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Apr 1 Henry Gross, American guitarist (Sha Na Na, 1969-70), and singer-songwriter ("Shannon"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Steve Gatlin, American country singer (Gatlin Bros-Broken Lady), born in Olney, Texas
  • Apr 5 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), born in Saint Kitts, West Indies
  • Apr 6 Ralph Cooper, Australian drummer (Air Supply - "All Out of Love")
  • Apr 7 Janis Ian [Janis Eddy Fink], American singer-songwriter and folk musician ("At Seventeen"; "Society's Child"), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7 John Dittrich, American country music drummer (Restless Heart - "Wheels"; "The Bluest Eyes In Texas"), born in Union, New Jersey
  • Apr 8 Mel Schacher, American bassist (Grand Funk Railroad - "Some Kind of Wonderful"'; "We're An American Band"), born in Owosso, Michigan
  • Apr 9 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (d. 1990)
  • Apr 11 Robbie House, American country-rockabilly guitarist (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • Apr 11 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), born in United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • Apr 12 Jakson Spires, American rock drummer (Blackfoot), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Apr 13 Max Weinberg, American rock drummer (E Street Band; Conan O'Brien Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 13 Peabo Bryson, American R&B, soul, and pop vocalist ("Show and Tell"; "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"; "A Whole New World"), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Apr 14 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Zairean musician (d. 1996)
  • Apr 14 Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), born in London
  • Apr 16 John Bentley, English bass guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • Apr 16 Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer, born in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
  • Apr 16 Mordechai Ben David, American Jewish singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 20 Luther Vandross, American soul singer, songwriter ("Endless Love"; "Dance With My Father"), and vocal arranger (David Bowie - Young Americans), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • Apr 20 Steve Nathan, American rock and country session pianist, Hammond organ, and keyboard player (Muscle Shoals' FAME studio; Nashville's A-Team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 21 Nicoel Barclay, rocker
  • Apr 21 Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire)
  • Apr 22 Paul Carrack, English rock singer (Ace - "How Long"; Mike + The Mechanics - "The Living Years"; Squeeze - "Tempted"), born in Sheffield, England
  • Apr 24 Nigel Harrison, British rock bassist and songwriter (Blondie, 1978-82 - "One Way Or Another"), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • Apr 27 Paul "Ace" Frehley, American rock guitarist (Kiss; Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
  • May 2 John "Jo" Callis, British punk-rock songwriter and musician (The Rezillos; The Human League), born in Rotherham, England
  • May 3 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"; "Think Of Laura"; "Sailing"), born in San Antonio, Texas

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 8 Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 3 Actress and singer Doris Day (29) marries producer Martin Melcher (35) in Burbank

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 31 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 7 Entertainer Frank Sinatra (34) marries 2nd wife film star Ava Gardner (26)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 14 Musician Louis Jordan (43) weds dancer Vicky Hayes

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 29 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and 1st wife Nancy (Barbato) divorce due to infidelity after 12 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 10 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 19 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 22 Eastwood Lane, American composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 9 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • Feb 10 Joseph Bovet, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 94
  • Feb 20 Howard Brockway, American composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • Mar 8 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, American composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 22 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79
  • Mar 25 Sidney “Big Sid” Catlett, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong), dies of a heart attack at 41
  • Apr 1 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • Apr 2 Simon Barere, Russian pianist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54 while performing Grieg's Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall
  • Apr 6 Halfdan Cleve, Norwegian composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 47
  • Apr 26 John Alden Carpenter, American composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75
  • May 17 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • May 29 Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech organist and composer, dies at 91
  • May 29 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 4 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • Jun 17 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Armin Knab, German composer (Wunderhorn), dies at 70
  • Jul 6 Josef Hüttel, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 9 Jorgen Bentzon, Danish composer, dies at 54

Person of interestArnold Schoenberg

Jul 13 Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer (Verklärte Nacht) and painter associated with the expressionist movement, dies at 76

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Jul 19 Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), dies at 77
  • Aug 11 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 15 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (Rio Grande), dies at 45
  • Sep 3 Robert Hernried, Austrian born American composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic, dies at 56
  • Sep 9 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Fritz Busch, German conductor, dies at 61
  • Sep 15 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 17 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, dies (somewhere between 50 and 57 - birth year documentation uncertain)
  • Oct 23 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • Nov 5 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer/pegagoge, dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 9 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian/American composer (Blossom Time), dies at 64
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Karlovich Metner, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Václav Kálik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 18 Will Vodery, African-American composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 20 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70
  • Dec 1 Felix Petyrek, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • Dec 13 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • Dec 15 María Grever, Mexican-American composer ("What A Difference A Day Makes" / "Cuando vuelva a tu lado"), dies at 66
  • Dec 22 Powell Weaver, American composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 23 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, dies at 72