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Year 2006 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 9 "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)

Film release premierFilm Release

Jan 20 TV movie "High School Musical" released starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugdens, becomes Disney Channel's most successful TV movie

Actress and Singer Ashley Tisdale
Actress and Singer
Ashley Tisdale

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 8 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, John Legend wins

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

OlympicsOlympic Games

Feb 10 XX Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti sings "Nessun dorma" in his last ever performance

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 4 20th Soul Train Music Awards: Jamie Foxx, Destiny's Child & John Legend win

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban
  • May 20 51st Eurovision Song Contest: Lordi for Finland wins singing "Hard Rock Hallelujah" in Athens

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 23 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 13 UK singer-songwriter Lily Allen releases her debut album "Alright, Still" (Grammy nominee Best Alternative Music Album)

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen
  • Jul 30 World's longest running music show "Top of the Pops" is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 David Gilmour performs with his band and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra before a crowd of 50,000 at Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland.

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

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

  • Sep 18 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

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
Actor
Matt Damon
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 23 "Irreplaceable" single released by Beyonce (Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single 2007, Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

  • Nov 6 40th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins
  • Nov 21 33rd American Music Awards: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win
  • Nov 21 Daughtry release their debut album “Daughtry” (2007 Billboard Album of the Year, American Music Awards Favorite Pop-Rock Album 2007)

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 21 "Kingdom Come" 9th studio album by Jay-Z is released

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

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


LoveWedding 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
Singer
Pink

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem

LoveWedding 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 and 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

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 25 Actress Nicole Kidman (39) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (38) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia

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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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
Singer
Rod Stewart

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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
Actress
Selma Blair

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 49
  • Jan 6 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 8 Otis Clay, American gospel, soul, and R&B-singer ("That's How It Is (When You're In Love)"), dies at 73

Person of interestWilson Pickett

Jan 19 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

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 and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • Jan 27 Gene McFadden, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now), dies of lung cancer at 56 [1]
  • Jan 31 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Elton Dean, English jazz and progressive rock saxophonist (Soft Machine), dies of heart and liver ailments at 60 (b. 1945)
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • 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, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Ray Barretto, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "El Watusi"), dies at 76
  • 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 drummer (The Jackson 5), dies at 54
  • Mar 2 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • Mar 7 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, dies at 66
  • Mar 10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), dies at 73
  • Mar 13 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Mar 18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 23 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • 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 29 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, dies at 95
  • Mar 31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • Apr 5 Gene Pitney, American vocalist and songwriter ("Town Without Pity"; "Hello Mary Lou"; "He's A Rebel"), dies at 65
  • Apr 6 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 9 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters -"Fire"; "He's So Shy"; "Jump (For My Love)'; "Slow Hand"), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 11 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • Apr 12 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • 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, and Hindi film music director, dies at 86
  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • May 8 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now"), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 10 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli pop and cabaret singer, and actor dies of cancer at 74
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), dies at 56
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • 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 22 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, dies at 90
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • May 25 Otto Zykan, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • May 27 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • Jun 1 Rocío Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, dies at 59
  • Jun 2 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), commits suicide at 55
  • Jun 3 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the boogie"), dies of cancer at 76
  • Jun 6 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 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 classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), dies at 83 (b. 1923)
  • Jun 17 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), dies at 76
  • Jun 19 Duane Roland, American southern-rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster), dies at 53
  • Jun 20 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57
  • Jun 25 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), dies of cancer at 74

Person of interestSyd Barrett

Jul 7 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, dies of pancreatic cancer at 60

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • Jul 9 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), dies at 58
  • Jul 13 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian, Oscar Award actor (Sayonara; The Red Buttons Show; The Poseidon Adventure), and singer, dies from cardiovascular disease at 87
  • Jul 17 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Jul 22 Dika Newlin, American composer, Schoenberg expert and punk rocker, dies at 82
  • Jul 30 Anthony Galla-Rini, American concert accordionist,and arranger, dies at 102
  • Aug 3 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (b. 1945)
  • Aug 3 Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Austro-British soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), dies at 90
  • Aug 4 John Locke, American rock keyboardist (Spirit -"I Got A Line On You"), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 5 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), dies of cancer at 74
  • Aug 8 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), dies at 77
  • Aug 8 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), dies at 84
  • Aug 13 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (Frollo- The Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • Aug 16 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), dies at 31
  • Aug 18 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 20 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor, dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 22 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • Aug 23 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), dies at 84
  • Aug 23 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • Aug 24 Léopold Simoneau, French-Canadian tenor, dies at 90
  • Aug 24 James Carl Tenney, American composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 26 Josef Hadar, Israeli violinist and composer (Evening of Roses), dies at 79
  • Aug 27 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • Sep 2 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • Sep 2 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • Sep 2 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • Sep 3 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), dies at 73
  • Sep 4 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88