December 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 11 members of the audience trampled to death during a stampede to claim unreserved seats for a concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dec 13 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 301 performances

Music History

Dec 15 British rocker David Bowie performs three songs on American television program Saturday Night Live - "The Man Who Sold the World", "TVC-15" and "Boys Keep Swinging"

  • Dec 20 Garry Sherman and Peter Udell's musical "Comin' Uptown", based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", and starring Gregory Hines, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 45 performances


Dec 27 Sire Records releases "Pretenders", the debut album of The Pretenders, in US

  • Dec 30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Yvonne Catterfeld, German pop and soul singer, and actress, born in Erfurt, East Germany
  • Dec 3 Daniel Bedingfield, British-New Zealand pop singer-songwriter ("Gotta Get Thru This"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 7 Sara Bareilles, American pop singer ("Love Song"; "Brave"), born in Eureka, California
  • Dec 8 Ingrid Michaelson, American folk-pop singer-songwriter (Lights Out), born in New York City
  • Dec 9 Olivia Lufkin, Japanese-American pop singer and songwriter, born in Naha, Japan
  • Dec 14 Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model, born in London
  • Dec 16 Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter ("Tornerò"), born in Constanța, Romania
  • Dec 17 Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dec 19 Kevin Devine, American singer-songwriter (Brother's Blood), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 21 Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 26 Chris Daughtry, American rock singer, born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Dec 26 Mzbel [Nana Akua Amoah], Ghanaian singer (16 Years, Saucy Girl), born in Accra, Ghana
  • Dec 27 Walker Hayes, American country-pop singer-songwriter ("Fancy Like"), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Dec 28 Senna Guemmour, German singer-songwriter (Monrose), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Dec 31 Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly), born in Downers Grove, Illinois

Weddings in Music

Liza Minnelli

Dec 4 American singer Liza Minnelli (33) weds (her 3rd) American sculptor Mark Gero; divorce 1992

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Dec 23 American blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey; divorce in 1988

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 29 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), dies at 61

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979)

Dec 30 American composer, mostly for theater (Rodgers & Hart - "Pal Joey"; "Babes In Arms"; Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; "The Sound Of Music") and 1st EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony awards winner), dies at 77