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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

Elvis 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

Music History

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 3 Amy Helm, American singer-songwriter (Ollabelle), born in Woodstock, New York
  • Dec 6 Ulf Ekberg, Swedish pop singwriter and keyboardist (Ace of Base - "All That She Wants"), 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 jazz, pop and world music singer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Dec 14 Beth Orton, English singer and songwriter, born in East Dereham, Norfolk, England
  • Dec 17 DJ Homicide [Craig Bullock], American musician, rapper, DJ, and record producer (Sugar Ray), born in Pasadena, California
  • 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 Then There Was X), and actor (Romeo Must Die) , born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2021) [1] [2]
  • Dec 18 Roman Glick, American rock bassist (Brother Cane; Jackyl), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 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 rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Shins - Wincing The Night Away), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dec 26 Krissada Terrence, Thai-American pop singer & actor, born in Thailand
  • Dec 29 Aled Jones, Welsh pop-opera singer, born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Dec 29 Glen Phillips, American rock singer-songwriter (Toad The Wet Sprocket), born in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 14 Elmer Schoebel, American jazz pianist, arranger (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Isham Jones), and composer ("Farewell Blues"; "Prince Of Wails"), dies at 73
  • Dec 23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • Dec 24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), 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