December 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 5 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • Dec 8 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances


Dec 14 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

Music History

Dec 19 British guitarist Ron Wood joins The Rolling Stones

  • Dec 21 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • Dec 21 Louis LaRusso II's stage drama "Lampost Reunion", starring Danny Aiello, closes at the Little Theatre, NYC, after 77 performances
  • Dec 21 Revival of "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances

Music History

Dec 26 George Harrison teases his hit "My Sweet Lord" before breaking into "The Pirate Song" on Eric Idle's Rutland Weekend Television Christmas Special (UK)

  • Dec 28 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • Dec 30 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Csaba Czébely, Hungarian drummer (Pokolgép), born in Beregszász, Transcarpathia
  • Dec 3 Mickey Avalon [Yeshe Perl], American rapper, born in Hollywood, California
  • Dec 13 Tom DeLonge, American guitarist (blink-182, Angels & Airwaves), born in Poway, California
  • Dec 14 Justin Furstenfeld, American rock singer (Blue October)
  • Dec 16 Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian rock singer and songwriter (Billy Talent), born in Pierrefonds, Quebec
  • Dec 16 Jacob "Jake" Cinninger, American rock guitarist, and songwriter (Umphrey's McGee), born in Niles, Michigan
  • Dec 16 Nawo Kawakita, Japanese heavy metal drummer (Maximum the Hormone)
  • Dec 18 Sia [Furler], Australian singer-songwriter and producer (Titanium), born in Adalaide, Australia
  • Dec 19 Casual [Jon Owens], American rapper (Smash Rockwell), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 21 Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dec 23 Yasmin Levy, Israeli Ladino singer, born in Baka, Jerusalem, Israel

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, American columnist and songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep, 1972-75), dies of respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose, at 27
  • Dec 9 Frank Signorelli, American swing jazz pianist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band; Joe Venuti's Blue Four), and songwriter (Stairway to the Stars), dies at 74
  • Dec 11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Dec 17 Noble Sissle, American jazz composer, singer, lyricist and playwright (Shuffle Along; "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), dies at 86
  • Dec 24 Bernard Herrmann [Maximillian Herman], American radio and Academy Award-winning film score composer (Mercury Theatre on the Air; Citizen Kane; Vertigo; Psycho; Taxi Driver), and conductor, bdies of a heart attack at 64
  • Dec 31 Donal Michalsky, American composer, dies in a fire at 47