December 1953 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 "Kismet" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 583 performances

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Dec 3 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' 5th String Quartet

  • Dec 3 "In the Jailhouse Now" single recorded by Webb Pierce (Billboard Song of the Year 1955)
  • Dec 10 "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" opens at Imperial NYC for 229 performances
  • Dec 17 Dmitri Shostakovich's 10th Symphony premieres in Leningrad

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Myung-Whan Chung, Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Trio)
  • Dec 5 Jonathan Lewis, trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Dec 10 Diane Schuur, American jazz singer (Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Dec 12 Bruce Kulick, rock guitarist/singer (KISS)
  • Dec 14 RenĂ© Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer
  • Dec 17 Ikue Mori, Japanese experimental drummer and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Dec 17 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Elliot Easton, [Elliot Shapiro], rock guitarist (Cars), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 21 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter (Clean Up Woman), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 21 Andras Schiff, pianist (Tchaikovsky-1974), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 22 David Leisner, composer
  • Dec 26 Henning Schmitz, German musician (Kraftwerk)
  • Dec 28 Richard Clayderman, pianist (Amour, Romantic America)
  • Dec 29 Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 4 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • Dec 15 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46
  • Dec 27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, dies at 59