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December 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 2 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • Dec 18 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances

Meeting of InterestElvis Meets Nixon

Dec 21 Elvis Presley meets US President Richard Nixon in the White House - the image of this meeting is the most requested photo from the entire National Archives

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Richad Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House, December 21, 1970
Richad Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House, December 21, 1970
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  • Dec 27 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at St James Theater NYC after 2844 performances
  • Dec 28 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic NYC for 19 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 6 Ulf Ekberg, Swedish musician (Ace of Base), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Dec 9 Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer, born in Ossining, New York
  • Dec 14 Anna Maria Jopek, Polish musician and singer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Dec 14 Beth Orton, English singer and songwriter, born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England
  • Dec 18 Cowboy Troy [Troy Lee Coleman III], American country rapper (MuzikMafia, Big & Rich), born in Victoria, Texas
  • Dec 18 DMX [Earl Simmons], American rapper and actor [..And Then There Was X], born in Mount Vernon, New York,
  • Dec 19 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), born in Gloucester (d. 2002)
  • Dec 24 Will Oldham, American singer and songwriter, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 26 James Mercer, American musician (The Shins), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dec 26 Krissada Terrence, Thai-American pop singer & actor, born in Thailand
  • Dec 29 Aled Jones, Welsh singer, born in Bangor, United Kingdom
  • Dec 29 Glen Phillips, American musician (Toad The Wet Sprocket), born in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • Dec 24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Alchemist), dies at 91