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December 1996 in Music History

Events in Music

Music 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

Stefanie 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

Hailee 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

Lionel Richie

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, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), dies of multiple myeloma cancer at 81
  • Dec 5 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • Dec 6 (John) Trevor Key, British photographer and graphic designer, t known for his work for album cover art (Mike Oldfield; Phil Collins; New Order; OMD), dies of a brain tumor at 48
  • Dec 9 Patty Donahue, American new wave rock singer (The Waitresses - "I Know What Boys Like"; "Christmas Wrapping), dies of lung cancer at 40
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, American country singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 10 John Duffey, bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), dies of a heart attack 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 15 Tristan Keuris, Dutch composer (Sinfonia) dies at 50
  • Dec 17 Francesco Siciliani, Italian opera administrator, dies at 85
  • Dec 17 Irving Caesar, American songwriter (Sometimes I'm Happy), dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Ruby Murray, Irish singer ("Heartbeat"; "Softly, Softly"), dies of liver cancer 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 [Cesarina Picchetto], Italian singer (J'attendrai), dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and 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