On This Day

December 1991 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 1 "Moscow Circus Cirk Valentin" closes at Gershwin NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 1 "Once on this Island" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 469 performances
  • Dec 4 Judds final concert (Nashville)
  • Dec 5 "Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances
  • Dec 6 "Les Miserables" opens at Circustheater, Scheveningen
  • Dec 8 "Homecoming" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Dec 8 "Nick & Nora" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 9 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 9 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Boyz II Men & U2 win

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Dec 10 "Crucible" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Dec 10 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • Dec 15 "Nick & Nora" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Dec 19 "Christmas Carol" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 29 "Christmas Carol" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 14 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 2 Charles Otto "Charlie" Puth (Jr.), American singer-songwriter (Voicenotes; "Marvin Gaye"; "See You Again"), born in Rumson, New Jersey
  • Dec 13 Jay Greenberg, American composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 14 Offset [Kiari Cephus], American rapper (Migos), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Dec 19 Declan Galbraith, British pop singer ("Tell Me Why"), born in Hoo St. Werburgh Kent, England
  • Dec 22 DaBaby [Jonathan Kirk], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Rockstar), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 24 Louis Tomlinson, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Doncaster, England
  • Dec 26 Gabriella Smith, American contemporary classical composer (Forgotten Lullabyes; Bioluminescence Chaconne), born in Berkeley, California

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 8 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • Dec 12 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • Dec 12 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, dies of cancer at 58
  • Dec 16 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • Dec 20 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 22 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • Dec 27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • Dec 31 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist ( Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), dies at 83