On This Day

December 1971 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 Galt MacDermot and John Guare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances

Music History

Dec 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US

  • Dec 7 Musical "Wild and Wonderful" opens and closes at the Lyceum Theater, NYC, after 1 performance
  • Dec 7 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • Dec 18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • Dec 19 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 6 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese singer and voice actor, born in Ōshū, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 7 Stephanie D'Abruzzo, American actress, puppeteer (Avenue Q; Sesame Street), and cabaret singer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 16 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 16 Paul van Dyk {Mattias Paul], German DJ, and record producer, born in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany
  • Dec 18 Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer
  • Dec 21 Matthieu Chedid, French musician, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Dec 21 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's), born in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Dec 23 Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

Ricky Martin

Dec 24 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer (Menudo) and actor (General Hospital), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Dec 24 Giorgos Alkaios, Greek singer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 25 Noel Hogan, Irish musician (Cranberries), born in Moyross, Ireland

Dido

Dec 25 Dido [Florian O'Malley Armstrong], English pop singer (No Angel; Eminem's "Stan"), born in London, England


Weddings in Music

Tony Bennett

Dec 29 American singer Tony Bennett (45) weds actress Sandra Grant in Manhattan, New York; divorce in 1983

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 6 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), dies at 74
  • Dec 23 Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 25 Byron Arnold, American composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 28 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With The Wind), dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60