December 2004 in Music

Events in Music


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Dec 7 Diana DeGarmo releases her debut album, “Blue Skies”

  • Dec 12 On This Day launches MusicOrb.com and TodayinSport.com, separate sites for music and sports history, now our music and sport channels

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • Dec 2 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 4 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • Dec 7 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 7 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 8 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gamble while performing on stage at 38
  • Dec 11 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), dies at 88
  • Dec 17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • Dec 24 Jan van Vlijmen, Dutch composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Dec 27 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 30 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94