December 1951 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • Dec 2 "Borscht Capades" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 90 performances

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

Composer Aaron Copland
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  • Dec 8 "Tree Grows in Brooklyn" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
  • Dec 24 1st televised opera (Amahl & Night Visitor)

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • Dec 3 Mike Stock, rocker (Stock, Aitken & Waterman-Road Block)
  • Dec 3 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • Dec 4 Gary Rossington, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)
  • Dec 7 Henk Temming, Dutch vocalist/keyboardist (Good Cause)
  • Dec 8 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • Dec 10 Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer
  • Dec 15 Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
  • Dec 16 Robben Ford, American guitarist
  • Dec 17 Wanda Hutchison, rocker
  • Dec 20 Gilbert Montagné, French musician
  • Dec 23 Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha Na Na)
  • Dec 23 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • Dec 24 Johnny Contardo, rocker (Sha Na Na-Shannon)
  • Dec 25 Ria Thielsch, Dutch singer (Luv)
  • Dec 29 Laurel Masse, Holland Mich, jazz singer (Manhattan Transfer-Operator)
  • Dec 29 Yvonne Elliman, US actress/singer (I Don't Know How to Love Him)
  • Dec 29 Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • Dec 30 Nancy LaMott, American singer, born in Midland, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Dec 31 Fermin Goytisolo, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Dec 31 Tom Hamilton, Colorado Springs Co, rock bassist (Aerosmith-Dream On)

Deaths in Music

  • 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 22 Powell Weaver, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 23 Alfreds Kalnins, composer, dies at 72