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
  • 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

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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 & Bob Weir played 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, 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, singer, 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