December 1961 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
  • Dec 9 "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Dec 9 "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 11 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

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Elvis Presley
  • Dec 13 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • Dec 13 Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 13 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • Dec 16 "Evening with Yves Montand" closes at John Golden Theatre, NYC after 55 performances
  • Dec 18 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
  • Dec 21 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
  • Dec 27 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways are for Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater NYC for 205 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dec 30 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony in Moscow (completed 1936)

  • Dec 31 "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 6 David Lovering, American drummer (Pixies)
  • Dec 10 Nia Peeples, [Vernia], dancer/host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 11 Darryl Jones, American musician (Rolling Stones), born Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 12 Daniel O'Donnell, singer/Television presented, born in Donegal, Ireland
  • Dec 13 Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer
  • Dec 17 Sara Dallin, British musician (Bananarama), born in Bristol, England
  • Dec 18 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • Dec 20 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor
  • Dec 21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Dec 29 Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 8 William Beatton Moonie, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 16 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 16 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
  • Dec 24 Guy de Lioncourt, composer, dies at 76