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December 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

Music awardsMusic Awards

Dec 4 7th Billboard Music Awards: Alanis Morissette win

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • Dec 5 "Dreams & Nightmares" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 8 "God Said, Ha!" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 22 performances
  • Dec 17 "In My Bed" single released by Dru Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 1997)
  • Dec 19 "Once Upon a Matress" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 187 performances
  • Dec 29 "Dreams & Nightmares" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • Dec 29 "Skylight" closes at Royale Theater NYC after
  • Dec 29 "Taking Sides" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC

Birthdays in Music

Person of interestStefanie Scott

Dec 6 Stefanie Scott, American actress (Quinn Brenner-Insidious: Chapter 3) and singer (New Girl in Town), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Stefanie Scott
Actress and Singer
Stefanie Scott

Person of interestHailee Steinfeld

Dec 11 Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld
  • Dec 29 Minatozaki Sana, Japanese singer (Twice), born in Osaka, Japan

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, American country singer and actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone), commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 10 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • Dec 13 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • Dec 14 Norman Hackforth, British musician & radio broadcaster (Noel Coward; Twenty Questions), dies at 88
  • Dec 17 Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85
  • Dec 17 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Ruby Murray, Irish singer (Softly Softly), dies at 61
  • Dec 17 Wayne Barlow, American composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • Dec 23 Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • Dec 23 Krešimir Fribec, Croatian composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • Dec 31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63