December 2001 in Music History

Events in Music

Billboard Music Awards

Dec 4 12th Billboard Music Awards: Destiny's Child and Shaggy win

Birthdays in Music

Billie Eilish (21 years old)

Dec 18 American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Music


Dec 31 American Glamour model and actress Coco Austin (33) weds American rapper-actor Ice-T (54) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Prince Rogers Nelson

Dec 31 American singer Prince Rogers Nelson (43) weds Canadian businesswoman Manuela Testolini; divorce in 2006

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • Dec 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American heavy metal singer-songwriter (Death), dies of brain cancer at 34
  • Dec 14 (Secondo) "Conte" Candoli, American jazz, big band, and session trumpeter (Woody Herman; Stan Kenton; The Brothers Candoli; The Tonight Show, 1967-92), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • Dec 15 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (The Skids, Big Country), dies at 43
  • Dec 18 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 18 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • Dec 19 Marcel Mule, French classical saxophonist, composer, and teacher, dies at 100
  • Dec 21 Felix Guerro Diaz, Cuban composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Leonid Wīgner, Latvian conductor (Latvian Opera and Ballet Theater, 1936-49; LPSR Radio Symphony, 1949-75), composer, and pedagogue, dies at 95
  • Dec 29 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • Dec 30 Ralph Sutton, American stride and Dixieland jazz pianist and composer, dies at 79