December 1984 in Music History

Events in Music

Music Single

Dec 3 "Do They Know It's Christmas" single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by an all-star cast under the banner of Band Aid is released in the UK

Music History

Dec 4 6th ACE Cable Awards: "David Bowie: Serious Moonlight" by Anthony Eaton and HBO win

  • Dec 11 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 performances
  • Dec 19 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library [1]

#1 in the Charts

Dec 22 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks

  • Dec 29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
  • Dec 31 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Yolandi Visser, South African rapper (Die Antwoord), born in Port Albert, South Africa
  • Dec 5 Lera Lynn, American singer-songwriter (True Detective), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 8 Sam Hunt, American country pop singer (Take Your Time), born in Cedartown, Georgia
  • Dec 15 Joshua Hayward, British rock guitarist (The Horrors), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • Dec 20 David Tavaré, Spanish pop-eurodance singer ("Hot Summer Night (Oh La La La)"), born in Pollença, Spain
  • Dec 22 Basshunter [Jonas Erik Altberg], Swedish record producer and DJ (Now You're Gone), born in Halmstad, Sweden
  • Dec 24 Jehnny Beth [Camille Berthomier], French musician, singer-songwriter (John & Jehn; Savages; To Love Is to Live), born in Poitiers, France
  • Dec 25 Jessica Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • Dec 25 Lisa Origliasso, Australian singer-songwriter and actress (The Veronicas), born in Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
  • Dec 27 Pleasure P. [Marcus Cooper], American R&B singer (Pretty Ricky), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 30 Andra Day [Cassandra Batie], American singer-songwriter ("Rise Up"), and actress (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), born in Edmonds, Washington
  • Dec 30 Dalia Stasevska, Ukrainian-Finnish conductor (Lahti Symphony, 2021-present), born in Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine)

Weddings in Music

Bette Midler

Dec 14 Singer and actress Bette Midler (39) weds Argentine actor-performance artist Martin Von Hasselberg (35) at Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas

Olivia Newton-John

Dec 15 Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John marries 1st husband actor Matt Lattanzi

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 8 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • Dec 15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • Dec 19 Michel Magne, French experimental music and film score composer (Gigot; Barbarella), and recording studio owner (Château d'Hérouville). takes his own life at 54
  • Dec 21 Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), dies at 56
  • Dec 22 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, dies at 82
  • Dec 26 Gösta Jonsson, Swedish saxophonist, accordion player and band leader, dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For the Memory"; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), dies of heart failure at 84