On This Day

December 1965 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 The Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 3 "Rubber Soul", the sixth studio album by the Beatles, is released in the United Kingdom
  • Dec 4 "Roar of the Greasepaint" closes at Shubert NYC after 232 performances
  • Dec 6 2 trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers in Sotouboua Togo, kills 125
  • Dec 10 "Yearling" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Dec 11 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 11 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Dec 12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain at Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales
  • Dec 14 "La Grusse Valise" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Dec 15 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London

Music Concert

Dec 17 The Houston Astrodome opens; 1st event is a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes as opening act

  • Dec 18 "La Grusse Valise" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 7 performances

Radio History

Dec 26 Paul McCartney is interviewed on pirate radio station Radio Caroline

Music Single

Dec 29 The Supremes release single "My World is Empty Without You"


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Chantal Chamberland, Canadian jazz guitarist and vocalist ("The Other Woman"), born in Quebec
  • Dec 4 Rob Smits, Dutch experimental rock drummer (Kong) and album cover artist (Broken Hope), born in The Netherlands
  • Dec 5 Johnny Rzeznik, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Goo Goo Dolls), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Dec 5 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician (Under Mi Sleng Teng), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 8 Carina Lau, Hong Kong actress and singer (Days of Being Wild), born in Suzhou, China
  • Dec 10 (Joseph) "J" Mascis, American rock singer and guitarist (Dinosaur Jr), born in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Dec 18 Mick Collins, American musician (The Gories, The Dirtbombs)
  • Dec 19 (Eugene) Chuckii Booker, American R&B musician, songwriter, and producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 21 Gabrielle Glaser, American musician (Luscious Jackson)
  • Dec 24 Millard Powers, American musician and songwriter, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dec 29 (Bryan) "Dexter" Holland, American rock singer-songwriter (The Offspring), born in Garden Grove, California

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 10 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Hermann Sandby, Danish cellist & composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Tito Schipa [Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa], Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • Dec 21 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Kōsaku Yamada, Japanese composer (Nagauta Symphony), and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 79