On This Day

December 1968 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • Dec 1 Burt Bacharach/Hal David's musical premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 21 Glen Campbell's album "Wichita Lineman" goes to #1 in the US

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Dec 26 Led Zeppelin's concert debut in Denver as opener for Vanilla Fudge
  • Dec 28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • Dec 28 Beatles' "White Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 9 weeks

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 30 Frank Sinatra first records "My Way" with lyrics were written by Paul Anka and based on the French song "Comme d'habitude"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Nate Mendel, American bassist (Foo Fighters), born in Richland, Washington
  • Dec 3 Montell Jordan, American singer and record producer
  • Dec 9 Michael Foster, American drummer (Firehouse-Love of a Lifetime), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 12 Tatianna, Spanish singer (Baile Commigo, Chicad de Hoy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 18 Alejandro Sanz, Spanish singer (Más), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 23 Quincy Jones III, Swedish-American musician, born in Wimbledon, London
  • Dec 24 Doyle Bramhall II, American guitarist, born in Texas
  • Dec 29 Carlo Ponti, Italian orchestral conductor and son of Carlo Ponti & Sophia Loren, born in Geneva, Switzerland

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Dario Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, dies at 52
  • Dec 20 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafka, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
  • Dec 31 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, dies at 74