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

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

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  • 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

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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" opens at John Golden 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
  • Dec 30 Moscow: premier of Dmitri Sjostakovitch' 4th Symphony (out 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 7 Lisa Fischer, American R&B singer
  • 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 Sarah Dallin, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • Dec 18 Ken Foreman, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • Dec 20 Mohammad Fouad, Arab singer and actor
  • Dec 21 Ryuji Sasai, Japanese composer
  • Dec 29 Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Jekabs Graubins, 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