December 1997 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 3 "1776" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • Dec 4 "Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Music Box Theater NYC

Music History

Dec 8 Revival of Neil Simon's comedy "The Sunshine Boys", starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randell, opens at Lyceum Theater, NYC; runs for 230 performance

A View From the Bridge

Dec 14 Revival of Arthur Miller's dramatic play "A View From the Bridge", starring Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney, and Brittany Murphy. opens at the Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 239 performance, wins 2 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

Spice World

Dec 15 "Spice World" movie directed by Bob Spiers and starring girl pop group the Spice Girls premieres in the UK

Music History

Dec 22 MTV removes music video for Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" from broadcast rotation


Birthdays in Music

Zara Larsson (25 years old)

Dec 16 Swedish pop singer-songwriter ("Uncover"; "Never Forget You"), born in Solna, Sweden

  • Dec 29 Dylan Minnette, American actor (13 Reasons Why; Saving Grace), and singer-songwriter (Wallows - Are You Bored Yet?), born in Evansville, Indiana

Weddings in Music

Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

Dec 31 American rapper and actor "The Fresh Prince" Will Smith (31) weds actress Jada Pinkett (26) in Baltimore, Maryland

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • Dec 2 Michael Hedges, American new-age guitarist, composer, and singer (Aerial Boundaries), dies in a car accident at 43
  • Dec 6 Eliot Daniel, American composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • Dec 9 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Gershon Kingsley [Götz Ksinski], German-American composer, electronic music pioneer, and Moog synthesizer player (Popcorn), dies at 97
  • Dec 12 (Irving) "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), dies of kidney failure at 51
  • Dec 16 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist (Lotta Love; Twins), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • Dec 19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), dies at 73
  • Dec 21 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, dies at 21
  • Dec 22 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Alan Fluck, Scottish musical educator, dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, dies at 76
  • Dec 27 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, dies at 57
  • Dec 27 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 28 Henry Barraud, French composer, dies at 97
  • Dec 31 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), dies of cancer at 64