On This Day

December 1960 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

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

  • Dec 3 Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot", starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, and introducing Robert Goulet, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 873 performances, wins 4 Tony Awards

Music History

Dec 8 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Mary Martin broadcast, for a 3rd time, on NBC as a special event, videotaped in color for future rebroadcasts

Music Premiere

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

  • 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 Recording

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

Music Recording

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

Music Premiere

Dec 26 Musical "Do re mi" with Phil Silvers premieres St James Theater in NYC


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Rick Savage, English bass player (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Dec 2 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1984)
  • 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 5 Brian Bromberg, American jazz bass player (You Know That Feeling), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Dec 7 Craig Scanlon, English rock guitarist (The Fall), born in Manchester, England
  • Dec 11 Rachel Portman, English film score composer (Emma; Chocolat), 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 (Emil) Wakin Chau, Hong Kong-born singer and actor, born in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
  • Dec 22 Luther Campbell, American rap artist (2 Live Crew), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 23 William Sinnot, Scottish techno-dance pop singer and musician (Shamen - "Move Any Mountain"), born in Glasgow (d. 1990)
  • Dec 27 Donald Nally, American choral conductor (The Crossing), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 28 Marty Roe, American country singer (Diamond Rio - "Meet in the Middle"), born in Lebanon Ohio,

Deaths in Music

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