On This Day

December 1963 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 6 The Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
  • Dec 8 "Girl Who Came to Supper" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 112 performances

Music History

Dec 10 6-year old Donny Osmond's singing debut on Andy Williams Show

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles

Film Premier

Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
Actor
David Niven
  • Dec 26 "Double Dublin" opens at Little Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Dec 26 The Beatles release "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" in the US
  • Dec 28 "Double Dublin" closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Dec 28 "Jennie" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 82 performances

Music History

Dec 28 Merle Haggard's 1st appearance on country music chart with "Sing a Sad Song"

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Music History

Dec 31 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Joe Lally, American rock bassist (Fugazi), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Dec 7 Barbara Weathers, American vocalist (Atlantic Starr - "Secret Lovers"), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dec 11 Jon Brion, American musician and record producer, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • Dec 12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Tokyo
  • Dec 12 Eric Schenkman, American-Canadian rock and blues guitarist (Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite), born in Massachusetts
  • Dec 16 Jeff Carson, American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dec 18 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • Dec 24 Mary Ramsey, American singer & violinist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 26 Lars Ulrich, Danish heavy metal drummer (Metallica - ....And Justice for All), born in Gentoffe, Denmark
  • Dec 31 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 13 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 14 Dinah Washington [Ruth Lee Jones], American jazz, blues, pop, and R&B singer ("What a Diff'rence a Day Makes": "September In The Rain"), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 18 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54

Paul Hindemith

Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith