On This Day

December 1993 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 2 A Webster's musical "Sunset Promenade" premieres in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 5 "Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances

Music History

Dec 7 American singer Robert Goulet undergoes prostate cancer surgery

Music Awards

Dec 8 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win

  • Dec 9 "My Fair Lady" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • Dec 12 "Any Given Day" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Dec 12 "Kentucky Cycle" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 34 performances
  • Dec 13 "I Swear" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)
  • Dec 15 John Williams final appearance as conductor of Boston Pops
  • Dec 16 "Red Shoes" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Dec 19 Marsha Norman, Bob Merrill, and Jule Styne's fairy tale musical "Red Shoes", directed by Stanley Donen, closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 5 performances; loses nearly $8 million
  • Dec 21 "The Sign" single released in the US by Ace of Base (Billboard Song of the Year 1994)
  • Dec 27 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" opens at Palace Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances

Music Concert

Dec 28 Andrea Bocelli makes his classical debut singing at a concert at Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia

Music History

Dec 29 Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment

  • Dec 30 "Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances

Music Concert

Dec 31 Barbra Streisand performs her 1st public concert in 20 years before a sell-out crows of over 25,000 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada


Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 8 Anna Sophia Robb, American actress (Bridge to Terabithia; The Carrie Diaries), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 22 Meghan Trainor, American Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter ("All About That Bass"), born in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Weddings in Music

Billy Ray Cyrus

Dec 28 Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (32) weds Leticia "Tish" Finley (26)

  • Dec 30 Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35)

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter, dies at 43

Frank Zappa

Dec 4 Frank Zappa, American rock guitarist, composer, (Mothers of Invention - "Peaches en Regalia"; "Baby Snakes"), activist, and filmmaker (200 Motels), dies from prostate cancer at 52

  • Dec 5 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), commits suicide using a pistol at 32
  • Dec 10 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), dies at 91
  • Dec 12 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • Dec 16 Charizma [Charles Hicks], American rapper, killed in a mugging at 20
  • Dec 19 Michael Clarke, American rock drummer (The Byrds, 1964-67 - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969-71; Firefall, 1974-80), dies of liver failure at 47
  • Dec 29 Yvonne Desportes, French composer (Seven Abstract Poems), dies at 86 [1]
  • Dec 30 Mack David, American songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81
  • Dec 30 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 81