On This Day

December 1954 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 2 "Hit the Trail" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Samuel Barber's "Prayers of Kierkegaard" premieres

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Dec 3 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • Dec 4 "Hit the Trail" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 4 "On Your Toes" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 64 performances

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Dec 9 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honored guest of Royal Swedish Academy of Music

  • Dec 27 Gian Carlo Menotti's Pulitzer Prize winning opera "The Saint of Bleecker Street" opens at Broadway Theater in ,NYC; runs for 92 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 30 Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's musical "House of Flowers" premieres at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 165 performances


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Danielle Alexander, American country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 2 Rob Mounsey, American session pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Berea, Ohio
  • Dec 3 Paul Gregg, American country bassist singer (Restless Heart - Big Dreams In A Small Town), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • Dec 6 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Dec 7 Mike Nolan, Irish singer (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 9 Kip Hanrahan, American jazz producer (American Clavé), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Dec 9 Jack Sonni , American guitarist (Dire Straits, 1984-88), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 10 Jack Hues, English musician (Wang Chung), born in Gillingham, Kent, England
  • Dec 10 Geoff Deane, British pop singer (Modern Romance), born in London
  • Dec 11 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5 - "ABC"; "Let's Get Serious"), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 11 Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic musician, born in Iceland
  • Dec 11 Vicki Randle, American singer-songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 13 John Anderson, American country singer and actor (I've Got a Feelin', Money in the Bank), born in Apopka, Florida
  • Dec 13 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Dec 14 Ib Andersen, Danish ballet dancer, born in Copenhagen
  • Dec 25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist andguitarist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"),born in Birmingham, England
  • Dec 25 Steve Wariner, American country singer (Small Town Girl), born in Noblesville, Indiana
  • Dec 26 Peter Woods, American rock guitarist (Romeo Void - '"A Girl in Trouble")
  • Dec 26 Palmolive [Paloma Romero McLardy] Spanish-British punk rock drummer and songwriter (The Slits, The Raincoats), born in Melilla, Spain
  • Dec 29 Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Get Used To It"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2003)
  • Dec 29 John "JR" Robinson, American session drummer appearing on over 50 Grammy winning recordings, born in Creston, Iowa

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Vasar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75