On This Day

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 awardsMusic Awards

Dec 8 8th Billboard Music Awards: LeAnn Rimes & Spice Girls win

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Singer Melanie Brown
Melanie Brown
  • Dec 11 "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" is revived at Criterion Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Geri Horner
Geri Horner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 MTV drops video "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint

Birthdays in Music

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

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 and composer, 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 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, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • Dec 25 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, dies at 76
  • 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