On This Day

December 1999 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Rapper Jay-Z stabs record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a night club in New York

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Madeline Kahn, American stage and screen actress (What's Up, Doc?; Young Frankenstein; Paper Moon; Blazing Saddles), and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 57
  • Dec 3 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 5 Robert Parris, American composer (Book of Imaginary Beings), dies at 75
  • Dec 10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • Dec 11 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 58
  • Dec 17 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • Dec 17 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • Dec 20 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Dec 23 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!) dies at 66
  • Dec 26 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician ("Freddie's Dead"; "Superfly"), dies from complications of type 2 diabetes at 57