On This Day

December 1980 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Two months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin announces they will disband

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham

CameraFamous Photo

Dec 8 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before he is murdered on the same day

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Photographer Annie Leibovitz
Photographer
Annie Leibovitz
  • Dec 13 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Dec 14 At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 Comedy film "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is released

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
Comedian, Actress and Singer Lily Tomlin
Comedian, Actress and Singer
Lily Tomlin
Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda

Music concertMusic Concert

Dec 31 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "The River Tour" concert at Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, New York) clocks in at almost 4 hours

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Bartosz Koziak, Polish classical cellist, born in Zakopane, Poland
  • Dec 5 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter, born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dec 10 Sarah Chang, Korean-American classical violinist child prodigy, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 10 Massari [Sari Abboud], Lebanese-born Canadian R&B singer (Be Easy), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dec 14 Tata Young, Thai-American singer, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Dec 15 Sergio Pizzorno, English guitarist (Kasabian)

Person of interestChristina Aguilera

Dec 18 Christina Aguilera, American singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants), born in Staten Island, New York

  • Dec 24 Tomas Kalnoky, American musician (Streetlight Manifesto), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dec 27 Cas Haley, American singer and guitarist
  • Dec 30 Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer (Boy'z), and actor (Banana Boys), born in The Philippines

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Richard Pindle Hammond, American composer dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22

MurderJohn Lennon

Dec 8 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered outside of his home in NYC by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Dec 24 Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
  • Dec 24 Alec Wilder, American classical, jazz, and pop music composer (The Churkendoose), and musicologist (American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950), dies at 73 [1]
  • Dec 25 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • Dec 25 (Ludwig) "Louis" Neefs, Belgian pop singer (Eurovision, 1967 & 1969), dies, along with his wife, in a car accident at 43
  • Dec 29 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), dies of a drug overdose at 39