December 1960 in Music

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • Dec 3 "Camelot" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 873 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 11 Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Dec 16 "Wildcat" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 172 performances
  • Dec 17 "La Plume de Ma Tante" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 835 performances
  • Dec 17 "Take Me Along" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 448 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 19 Frank Sinatra's 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 21 Ornette Coleman records his influential album "Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation", establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Rick Savage, bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages)
  • Dec 2 Nicholas Dingley alias Razzle, British Drummer (Hanoi Rocks)
  • Dec 5 Jack Russell, American rocker (Great White-Twice Shy), born in Montebello, California
  • Dec 5 Les Nemes, English rock bassist (Haircut 100), born in Croydon, England
  • Dec 7 Craig Scanlon, English guitarist (The Fall)
  • Dec 11 Rachel Portman, English film composer, born in Haslemere, England
  • Dec 12 Jaap van Zweden, Dutch violinist and concert master, born in Amsterdam
  • Dec 15 Doug Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters - Davy Crockett), born in Leachville, Arkansas
  • Dec 15 Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer
  • Dec 21 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, English classical pianist, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Wakin Chau (Emil Chau), Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • Dec 22 Luther Campbell [Luke], American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen-Move Any Mountain)
  • Dec 27 Donald Nally, American choral conductor
  • Dec 28 Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Ion Vasilescu, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Hermann Stephani, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • Dec 31 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70