December 2000 in Music History

Events in Music

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 22 Joshua Bassett, American actor and singer (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series), born in Oceanside, California

Weddings in Music


Dec 2 Mexican singer Thalia (29) weds co-owner of Casablanca Records Tommy Mottola (51) at St. Patrick


Dec 22 Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78
  • Dec 17 Erich Schmid, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 93
  • Dec 18 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophonist (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), dies at 69
  • Dec 18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (Electric Landlady), dies when run over by a power boat in the National Marine Park of Cozumel at 41
  • Dec 19 (Roebuck) "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • Dec 19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • Dec 19 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • Dec 20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68
  • Dec 23 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela; Chann Way), dies at 74

Victor Borge (1909-2000)

Dec 23 Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91

  • Dec 24 Nick Massi [Macioci], American bass vocalist, vocal arranger, and bassist (The Four Seasons, 1960-65 - "Sherry"; "Rag Doll"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Dec 26 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 27 Jack McVea, American swing jazz, and R&B clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader, dies at 86
  • Dec 31 Eddy Shaver, American country-rock guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heroin overdose at 38
  • Dec 31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies of heart failure at 82