December 1983 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 3 Musical "Marilyn: An American Fable", loosely based on life of Marilyn Monroe, starring Alyson Reed and Scott Bakula, closes at Minskoff Theatre, NYC, after 17 performances

  • Dec 4 David Shire & Richard Maltby, Jr.'s musical "Baby" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 241 performances

Musical Finale

Dec 4 Garry Sherman and Peter Udell's musical "Amen Corner", based on James Baldwin's drama "The Amen Corner", closes at Nederlander Theatre after 28 performances

Music History

Dec 14 Peggy Lee's one-woman show "Peg" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 5 performances

  • Dec 16 Spokesperson for The Who announces the group is disbanding
  • Dec 17 Peggy Lee's one-woman show "Peg" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 5 performances
  • Dec 21 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 3 Sherri DuPree-Bemis, American pop-rock singer-songwriter (Eisley), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Dec 4 Chinx [Lionel Pickens], American rapper (Coke Boys), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • Dec 10 Katrin Siska, Estonian pop-rock singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Dec 11 Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range), born in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 12 Katrina Elam, American country music singer, born in Bray, Oklahoma
  • Dec 13 Matt Deis, American bassist (All That Remains), born in Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Dec 15 Brooke Fraser (Ligertwood), New Zealand singer-songwriter ("Something in the Water"), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Ronnie RadkeRonnie Radke (39 years old)

Dec 15 American punk-metal singer (Escape The Fate; Falling In Reverse), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Dec 20 Adrián Varela, Mexican singer, born in Culiacán, Mexico
  • Dec 29 Jessica Andrews, American country music singer, born in Wynne, Arkansas

Weddings in Music

Keith Richards

Dec 18 Rolling Stone Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree), dies from cancer at 79
  • Dec 6 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • Dec 11 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • Dec 15 Jimmy McLin, American jazz banjo player, and guitarist (James P. Johnson; Willie "The Lion" Smith; The Ink Spots), dies at 75
  • Dec 15 “Big Chief” Russell Moore, Pima-American jazz trombonist (Lionel Hampton; Louis Armstrong), and composer ("Wounded Knee Chant"), dies at 70
  • Dec 27 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban), murdered at 40
  • Dec 28 Dennis Wilson, American drummer and singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39