December 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances

#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

  • Dec 17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance on "People & Places"

Music Premiere

Dec 18 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony premieres in Moscow

Music History

Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Galina Grigorjeva, Ukrainian classical composer (In Paradisum; Chant), born Simferopol, Ukraine
  • Dec 5 José Cura, Argentine tenor, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Dec 6 Ben Watt, British rocker (Everything But the Girl - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"; Idlewood), born in Marylebone, London
  • Dec 8 Marty Friedman, American heavy metal guitarist (Megadeath), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 8 Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Venezuelan conductor (Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, 2003-present), born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Dec 11 Curtis "Fitz" Williams, American keyboard player (Kool & The Gang)
  • Dec 11 Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer (Zabranjeno pušenje), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dec 11 Paul Haslinger, Austrian musician and composer, born in Linz, Austria
  • Dec 18 Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Dec 21 Christy Forester, American musician (Forester Sisters - "Men"), born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
  • Dec 23 Sonny Emory, American session and touring drummer (Earth, Wind & Fire, 1987-99), and music professor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 24 Michael Ray, American jazz trumpeter, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Dec 26 James Kottak, American rock drummer (Scorpians, 1996-2016), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 28 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), born in Orange, France (d. 1999)
  • Dec 28 Rachel Z [Nicolazzo], American jazz and rock pianist ("Tokyo Blue"; Ozmosys), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Paavo Järvi , Estonian-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 2001-11; Orchestre de Paris, 2010-16; NHK Symphony, 2015-22), born in Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR
  • Dec 30 Paul Crowder, British musician (The Adventures), sound engineer (Wham!), and filmmaker (Last Play At Shea), born in London
  • Dec 31 Jennifer Higdon, American classical music composer (2010 Pulitzer; 3 Grammy Awards) and educator (Curtis Institute of Music, 1994 - present), born in Brooklyn, New York

Weddings in Music

Little Eva

Dec 18 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 7 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Harry Barris, American popular singer, scat vocalist, and songwriter ("Mississippi Mud"), dies at 57
  • Dec 20 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 29 Hans Rosbaud, Austrian conductor (South West German Radio Orchestra, 1948-62), dies at 67