On This Day

December 1964 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 4 The Beatles release their "Beatles For Sale" album

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Dec 18 "I Had a BaIl" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • Dec 18 During funeral service held for soul singer Sam Cooke, fans cause damage to funeral home
  • Dec 25 George Harrison's girlfriend Patti Boyd attacked by female Beatle fans
  • Dec 26 Beatles' "I Feel Fine" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Premier 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 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, German guitarist (Rammstein), born in Berlin
  • Dec 11 Justin Currie, Scottish rock vocalist and bassist (Del Amitri), born in Glasgow
  • Dec 11 Dave Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 11 Cosy Sheridan, American singer (The Pomegranate Seed), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • Dec 12 Rockin' Jeff [Jeff Aaron Brown], British rock musician (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • Dec 13 Lucky Peterson [Judge Kenneth Peterson], American musician (The Son of a Bluesman), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Dec 14 C. J. Snare, American vocalist (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 Ginger, English singer and guitarist (The Wildhearts)
  • Dec 18 Robson Green, English actor and singer
  • Dec 23 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Tim Royes, English-American music video director, born in London (d. 2007)
  • Dec 30 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 11 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), 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 29 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, dies at 73