On This Day

December 1951 in Music History

Events in Music

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
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins
  • 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

  • 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, British songwriter and producer (Stock, Aitken & Waterman; Rick Astley; Bananarama; Kylie Minogue), born in Margate, Kent, England
  • Dec 3 Nicky Stevens [Helen Maria Thomas], Welsh pop singer (Brotherhood of Man - "Save Your Kisses For Me"), born in Carmarthen, Wales, U.K.
  • Dec 3 Kimberley Rew, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Katrina and the Waves - "Walking on Sunshine"), born in Bristol, England
  • Dec 4 Gary Rossington, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band)), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dec 7 Henk Temming, Dutch vocalist and keyboardist (Good Cause), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Dec 8 Jan Eggum, Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Dec 10 Ellen Nikolaysen, Norwegian singer (You Made Me Feel I Could Fly), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Dec 10 Lary Fast, American keyboard and synthesizer player, and composer (Synergy; Peter Gabriel), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Dec 15 Ken Knox, rock vocalist (Chairmen of the Board)
  • Dec 16 Robben Ford, American jazz, rock, and blues guitarist (L.A. Express; Yellowjackets), born in Woodlake, California
  • Dec 17 Wanda Hutchinson, American pop-R&B singer (The Emotions - "So I Can Love You"; "Best Of My Love"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 20 Gilbert Montagné, French pop piano player and singer ("The Fool"), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 23 Johnny Contardo, American doo-wop singer (Sha Na Na), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 23 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London, England
  • Dec 23 Doug Stegmeyer, American rock bassist (Billy Joel Band, 1976-87), born in Flushing, Queens, New York (d. 1995)
  • Dec 24 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2010)
  • Dec 29 Laurel Massé, American jazz and Celtic singer (Manhattan Transfer, 1972-79 - "Operator"), born in Holland, Michigan
  • Dec 29 Yvonne Elliman, American singer-songwriter and actress (Jesus Christ Superstar - "I Don't Know How to Love Him"), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dec 29 Georges Thurston, Canadian R&B and reggae musician and singer ( Boule Noire), born in Bedford, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Dec 30 Nancy LaMott, American singer, born in Midland, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Dec 31 Fermin Goytisolo, American musician (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Dec 31 Tom Hamilton, American rock bassist (Aerosmith - "Dream On"), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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 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 organist, composer (Baņuta), conductor, and pedagogue, dies at 72