December 1963 in Music

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
  • Dec 13 Capital records signs right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles

Film release premierFilm 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Dec 31 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Joe Lally, American musician (Fugazi)
  • Dec 7 Barbara Weathers, vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Dec 11 Jon Brion, American musician/record producer
  • Dec 12 Ai Orikasa, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Dec 16 Jeff Carson, American singer
  • Dec 18 Pauline Ester, French singer
  • Dec 19 Jennifer Beals, actress (Flashdance, Bride), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 24 Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)
  • Dec 26 Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All)
  • Dec 28 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • 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, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68