December 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 "Flower Drum Song" opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 602 performances
  • Dec 22 "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
  • Dec 22 "Whoop-Up" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 56 performances
  • Dec 23 Musical revue "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green" opens at John Golden Theatre, NYC; runs for 38 performances
  • Dec 28 Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Lisa Fischer, American vocalist and songwriter ("How Can I Ease the Pain"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 8 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • Dec 9 Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents), born in Newport Beach, California

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Dec 11 Jr.], American rock bassist and songwriter (Mötley Crüe - "Girls, Girls, Girls"), born in San Jose, California

  • Dec 13 Dana Strum [Strumwasser], American rock bassist (Slaughter - "Up All Night"; "Days Gone By"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 14 Jan Dijksma, Dutch rock bassist (Weekend at Waikiki)
  • Dec 14 Mike Scott, Scottish rocker (Blues Inc; Waterboys - "Rainbow Warrior"), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Dec 14 Peter "Spider" Tracy, English rock tin whistle player and vocalist (The Pogues - "Fairy Tale Of New York"), born in Eastbourne, England
  • Dec 17 Mike Mills, American rock bassist (R.E.M. - "The One I Love"), born in Berkeley, California
  • Dec 19 Limahl [Christopher Hamill], English pop singer (Kajagoogoo - "Too Shy"), born in Pemberton, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 19 Steven Isserlis, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 David Heavener, American actor and country musician, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 22 Frank Gambale, Australian jazz fusion guitarist, born in Canberra, Australia
  • Dec 23 Victoria Williams, American folk-rock-country singer (Loose), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 24 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer, born in Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 25 Alannah Myles, Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (Rockinghorse, Black Velvet), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 28 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020)
  • Dec 28 Mike McGuire, American country music songwriter and drummer (Shenandoah - "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)"), born in Hamilton, Alabama

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • Dec 6 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, dies on 89th birthday
  • Dec 29 Doris Humphrey, American dancer and choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, dies at 72