2006 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 8 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins
  • Mar 4 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

  • May 20 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens
  • May 23 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans & Keith Urban win
  • Jul 30 World's longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Aug 31 23rd MTV Video Music Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt win

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 26 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Matt Damon
Matt Damon
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 7 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Rapper Eminem marries Kimberly Anne Scott for the 2nd time

Rapper Eminem

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Jan 27 Mexican Latin Grammy Award singer Ana Barbara (35) weds Jose Maria Fernandez in Mexico
  • Feb 4 Daughter of June Carter country singer Carlene Carter (50) weds Joe Brown began at Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica
  • Feb 10 "Creed" former lead singer Scott Stapp (32) weds Miss New York USA 2004 winner Jaclyn Nesheiwat (25) in Miami
  • Mar 14 Comedian actor Jack Black (36) weds musician and animator Tanya Haden (34) in Big Sur, California
  • Mar 25 Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Apr 8 Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish gypsy singer Rosario Flores (42) weds "Kingdom of Heaven" first assistant director Pedro Lazaga on a small village Canos de Meca in Cadiz, Spain
  • Apr 23 "Rascal Flatts" guitarist Joe Don Rooney (30) weds Playboy's 2005 Playmate of The Year Tiffany Fallon (31) in an intimate ceremony held on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • Apr 29 Ranchera singer Lupillo Rivera weds Mayeli in Garden Grove, California
  • May 6 "Scooter" techno rocker lead singer H.P. Baxxter (40) weds model Simone Mustert at Tremsbuttel Castle near Hamburg
  • May 16 "Korn" bassist Fieldy (36) weds Deena Beber at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California
  • Jun 1 Korean "My Sassy Girl" actor-singer Cha Tae-Hyun (30) weds pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul City
  • Jun 3 Pop band Hanson member Zac Hanson (20) weds Kate Tucker (22) at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 4 "KISS" guitarist Tommy Thayer (45) weds Amber Peek at Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California
  • Jun 10 Spanish singer Bertin Osborne (51) weds Venezuelan model Fabiola Martinez in Seville, Spain
  • Jun 18 "Weezer" lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo (36) weds Kyoko Ito at a secluded beach on Paradise Cove in Malibu
  • Jun 19 "Savage Garden" pop singer Darren Hayes (34) weds animator Richard Cullen in London

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 25 Actress Nicole Kidman (45) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (44) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

Actress Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
  • Jul 1 "Hi-5" actress and singer Jennifer Peterson-Hind (26) weds recording artist Tom Korbee in Madison, Wisconsin

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 15 Singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne (21) weds "Sum 41" lead singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • Jul 22 Spanish singer David Bustamante (24) weds Spanish TV star Paula Echevarria at Basilica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga in the Asturias
  • Jul 29 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) weds singer Kid Rock (35) at Thunder Gulch yacht in Saint-Tropez, France
  • Jul 29 "Primal Scream" lead singer Bobby Gillespie (44) weds stylist Katy England at St. Margaret's Church in Betley, Staffordshire
  • Aug 26 2004 X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein (37) weds jazz musician Eileen Hunter at King's College Chapel in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Sep 2 "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri
  • Sep 16 Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd (29) weds Mel Gibson's daughter Hannah Gibson at the altar of The Holy Family Church in Malibu
  • Sep 18 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • Sep 30 Hanson pop rock Isaac Hanson (25) weds Nicole Dufresne (22) at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa
  • Oct 14 Merengue singer Melina Leon (33) weds Ruy Fernando Delgado at La Iglesia Metodista Universitaria in San Juan, Puerto Rico

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 "Celtic Tiger" choreographer Michael Flatley (48) weds fellow dancer Niamh O'Brien at St. Patrick's Church in Fermoy, Ireland

Irish Dancer Michael Flatley
Irish Dancer
Michael Flatley
  • Dec 17 Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 30 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (25) divorces 98 Degrees boy band singer Nick Lachey (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 26 Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff (54) divorces actress and singer Pamela Bach (42) due to irreconcilable differences after 16 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 2 Rocker Rod Stewart (58) divorces model Rachel Hunter (33) due to irreconcilable differences

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • Nov 27 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (39) divorces singer Kid Rock (36) due to irreconcilable differences only 4 months after getting married

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 27 Actress Selma Blair (34) divorces actor-rocker Ahmet Zappa (32) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 2 years of marriage

Actress Selma Blair
Selma Blair

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 115

  • Jan 1 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks) (b. 1956)
  • Jan 6 Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 19 Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • Jan 24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)
  • Jan 27 Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Feb 8 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer (b. 1914)
  • Feb 10 J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
  • Feb 14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • Feb 14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (b. 1929)
  • Feb 17 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • Feb 22 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 1 Johnny Jackson, American musician (b. 1951)
  • Mar 2 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American musician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies at 61
  • Mar 7 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician (b. 1939)
  • Mar 10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (b. 1932)
  • Mar 17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Mar 18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 23 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • Mar 25 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Mar 25 Buck Owens, American singer and television personality (b. 1929)
  • Mar 26 Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • Mar 28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • Apr 5 Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 9 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • Apr 11 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • Apr 12 Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India)(b. 1929)
  • May 1 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • May 1 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • May 10 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932)
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (b. 1949)
  • May 14 Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (b. 1922)
  • May 19 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • May 21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • May 21 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican ska musician (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • Jun 1 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Jun 2 Vince Welnick, musician, keyboardist (The Grateful Dead) (b. 1951)
  • Jun 3 Johnny Grande, original accordion/piano/keyboard player for Bill Haley's Comets (b. 1932)
  • Jun 6 Billy Preston, American musician (b. 1946)
  • Jun 6 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • Jun 9 Drafi Deutscher, German Schlager singer (b. 1946)
  • Jun 12 György Ligeti, Hungarian composer (b. 1923)
  • Jun 20 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 7 Syd Barrett, original guitarist and vocalist of the band Pink Floyd (b. 1946)

Rocker Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
  • Jul 9 Milan Williams, American musician (The Commodores) (b. 1948)
  • Jul 17 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Aug 3 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 4 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit-I Got A Line on You), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 11 Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
  • Aug 16 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • Aug 18 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 20 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • Aug 21 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • Aug 23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)
  • Aug 24 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • Sep 2 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • Sep 4 Astrid Varnay, Swedish-born soprano (b. 1918)
  • Sep 9 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician (b. 1955)
  • Sep 19 Chuck Rio, American singer and saxophonist (The Champs) (b. 1929)
  • Sep 20 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 20 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • Sep 21 Boz Burrell, English rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Sep 23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)
  • Sep 23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • Sep 29 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • Oct 14 Jared Anderson, American bassist (b. 1975)
  • Oct 14 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
  • Oct 18 Anna Russell, English music satirist (b. 1911)
  • Oct 21 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • Oct 28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Nov 3 Paul Mauriat, French musician (b. 1925)
  • Nov 8 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (b. 1945)
  • Nov 10 Gerald Levert, American singer (b. 1966)
  • Nov 16 John Veale, English composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 17 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (b. 1924)
  • Nov 17 Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
  • Nov 21 Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist, dies at 91
  • Nov 23 Betty Comden, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • Nov 23 Anita O'Day, American singer (b. 1919)
  • Nov 24 Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • Nov 25 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (b. 1920)
  • Nov 25 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer (b. 1979)
  • Nov 29 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, dies at 87
  • Nov 30 Elhadi Adam, Sudanese poet and lyricist (b. 1927)