On This Day

December 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

Album Release

Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US

  • Dec 8 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • Dec 9 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Dec 19 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances

Film Premiere

Dec 25 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Jon Theodore, American drummer ( Queens of the Stone Age), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 4 Racci Shay, American musician, born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Dec 4 Ferry Corsten, Dutch musician and DJ, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 4 Kate Rusby, English folk singer and songwriter, born in Barnsley, England
  • Dec 8 Corey Taylor, American singer (Slipknot, Stone Sour), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 11 Valentina Lisitsa, Ukrainian-American concert, pianist born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  • Dec 11 Mos def [Yasiin Bey], American rapper, singer-songwriter and actor, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Dec 14 Tia Texada, American actress and singer, born in Louisiana
  • Dec 16 Mariza [Marisa dos Reis Nunes], Portuguese fado singer, born in Maputo, Portuguese Mozambique
  • Dec 21 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer, born in West Berlin
  • Dec 22 Katarzyna Duda, Polish concert violinist, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Dec 27 Kristoffer Zegers, Dutch composer
  • Dec 28 Herborg Kråkevik, Norwegian singer and actress, born in Jondal, Norway
  • Dec 30 Jon Theodore, American drummer (The Mars Volta, 2001-06; Queens of the Stone Age, 2013-present), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap), born in Dumfries, United Kingdom

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • Dec 6 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 14 Yitzhak Edel, Israeli composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 15 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, Russian composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 17 Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer (Novella), and lawyer, dies at 64
  • Dec 20 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond the Sea"), and actor, dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Dec 22 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 30 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101