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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Dec 7 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • 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 16 Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 16 Paul van Dyk, German DJ
  • 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

Person of interestRicky Martin

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

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

Person of interestDido

Dec 25 Dido, English pop singer (Eminem's 'Stan', 'No Angel'), born in London, England

Singer Dido

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 6 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Carlo Jachino, 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