On This Day

December 1995 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 "Company" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Dec 3 "Holiday" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Dec 6 6th Billboard Music Awards: TLC & Hootie & The Blowfish win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 6 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Dec 7 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up
  • Dec 14 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Cable Hall, Helsinki
  • Dec 17 "School after Scandal" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Dec 20 "Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 31 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC
  • Dec 31 "Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Dec 31 "Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances
  • Dec 31 "Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Dec 31 "Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 31 "Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 6 Joy Gruttmann, German child singer, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Dec 6 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie [Julius Dubose], American rapper (Hoodie SZN), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Dec 30 V [Kim Tae-hyung] South Korean singer-songwriter (BTS), born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Dec 30 Dominic Fike, American rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist ("3 Nights"), born in Naples, Florida

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 5 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 6 Claire Polin, American composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Darren Robinson, singer, dies at 28
  • Dec 11 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • Dec 11 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, dies at 95
  • Dec 13 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • Dec 15 Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Johnny Lytle, American jazz drummer and vibraphonist, known as "Fast Hands", dies of kidney failure at 63
  • Dec 16 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85
  • Dec 18 Brian Brockless, English organist and composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 20 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, dies at 91

Person of interestDean Martin

Dec 25 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer ("That's Amore"; "Everybody Loves Somebody"; "Sway"), comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies of throat cancer at 78

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • Dec 25 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • Dec 25 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American pianist, conductor, musicologist (Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians), and composer, dies at 101
  • Dec 25 Marijan Lipovsek, Slovenian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 85
  • Dec 27 Shura Cherkassky, American classical pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 28 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Dec 29 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 30 Clarence Satchell, American funk saxophonist (Ohio Players - "Fire";"Love Rollercoaster"), dies of a brain aneurysm at 55
  • Dec 31 Eduardo Hernández Moncada, Mexican composer and pianist, dies at 96