December 1964 in Music

Events in Music

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

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

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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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

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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 Miller, rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich & Famous)
  • Dec 8 James Blundell, Australian country singer
  • Dec 8 Sandy Burnett, English record producer
  • Dec 9 Paul Landers, German guitarist (Rammstein)
  • 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)
  • Dec 12 Rockin' Jeff, 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 21 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • Dec 23 Eddie Vedder, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 25 Tim Royes - Music Video Director and Editor
  • 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 Krejci, composer, dies at 73