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December 1956 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 "Candide" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 73 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent

Actress Jayne Mansfield
Actress
Jayne Mansfield
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • Dec 6 "Happy Hunting" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances
  • Dec 8 Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues" single goes #1 for 10 weeks
  • Dec 16 "Fanny" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 888 performances
  • Dec 22 "New Faces of 1956" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Stuart Kimball, rock guitarist (Face To Face)
  • Dec 1 Julee Cruise, American singer and actress
  • Dec 5 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist and conductor, born in Zabrze, Poland
  • Dec 6 Peter Buck, American rock guitarist (R.E.M. - Murmur), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 6 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • Dec 8 Warren Cuccurullo, rock guitarist (Missing Persons)
  • Dec 8 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Paris (d. 2018)
  • Dec 9 Sylvia, American country singer (Nobody), born in Kokoma, Indiana
  • Dec 13 Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer, born in Kfarshima, Lebanon
  • Dec 20 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger, born in New Windsor, Maryland (d. 2009|)
  • Dec 21 Lee Roy Parnell, American country singer (Oughta be a Law), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Dec 23 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • Dec 27 Karl Denson, American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist (Lenny Kravitz; Tiny Universe), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Dec 28 Kenneth Grant, American funk bassist andvocalist (Midnight Star - "No Parking On The Dance Floor"; "Operator")
  • Dec 28 Nigel Kennedy, British classical, jazz and Klezmer violinist, born in Brighton, England
  • Dec 30 Suzy Bogguss, American country singer ("Drive South"; "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"), born in Aledo, Illinois

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 8 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 9 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83