December 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 4 The Beatles release "Beatles For Sale", their fourth studio album

Music History

Dec 7 George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs

Music Recording

Dec 9 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

  • Dec 14 Michael Brown meets Renee Fladen, then writes "Walk Away Renee"
  • Dec 18 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances

Music History

Dec 18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home

  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Pattie Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 26 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

TV Show Appearance

Dec 27 1st appearance of The Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show", singing "Come See About Me"

Music History

Dec 28 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's cantata "The Execution of Stepan Razin"

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 4 Sertab Erener, Turkish singer (Sakin Ol!), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Dec 7 Duncan Millar, English pop and jazz pianist (Blue Mercedes - Rich & Famous), born in London, England
  • Dec 8 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • Dec 8 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • Dec 9 Paul Landers [Heiko Paul Hiersche], German dance-metal guitarist (Rammstein), born in East Berlin, East Germany
  • Dec 11 Cosy Sheridan, American singer (The Pomegranate Seed), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Dec 11 Dave Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 11 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist and bassist (Del Amitri - "Roll To Me"), born in Glasgow
  • Dec 12 Rockin' Jeff [Jeff Aaron Brown], British rock musician (The Pasadenas - "Riding on a Train")
  • Dec 13 (Judge) "Lucky" Peterson, American contemporary blues, soul, and R&B musician ("The Son of A Bluesman"), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2020)
  • Dec 13 Hide [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (X Japan; Zilch), born in Midorigaoka, Japan (d. 1998)
  • Dec 14 C. J. Snare, American vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 Ginger Wildheart [David Leslie Walls], British singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wildhearts), born in Suth Shields, Tyne & Wear, England
  • Dec 18 Robson Green, British actor (Soldier Soldier) and singer-songwriter (Robson & Jerome), born in Hexham, England

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder (58 years old)

Dec 23 American rock singer (Pearl Jam - Ten; "Jeremy"), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • Dec 25 Tim Royes, English-American music video director, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Dec 30 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (BMX Bandits), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Deaths in Music

Sam CookeSam Cooke (1931-1964)

Dec 11 American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; "A Change Is Gonna Come"), shot to death at 33

  • Dec 22 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • Dec 23 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 28 Dave Bowman, American jazz and studio pianist (Jack Teagarden; Bud Freeman; Perry Como), dies in a car accident at 50
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, dies at 73