December 2006 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 15 B.B. King is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush

Weddings in Music

  • Dec 17 Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • Dec 2 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue), dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 3 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (The Velvet Teen), graphic artist, and album cover designer, dies of brain cancer at 29
  • Dec 7 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • Dec 9 Freddie Marsden, British rock drummer (Gerry & Pacemakers - "How Do You Do It?"; "Ferry Cross The Mersey"), dies at 66
  • Dec 12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • Dec 12 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 13 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), dies at 96 [or 101, or 92 - date of birth disputed]
  • Dec 14 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • Dec 17 Denis Payton, British rock saxophonist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 17 Timmie Rogers [Ancrum], American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter ("Back to School Again"; "I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya"), dies at 91
  • Dec 18 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • Dec 22 Dennis Linde, American songwriter ("Burning Love"; "Goodbye Earl"), dies of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at 63
  • Dec 22 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 23 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, dies at 54
  • Dec 24 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, dies at 99
  • Dec 24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet, comedian, and composer, dies of complications from epilepsy at 66

James Brown

Dec 25 James Brown, American R&B, gospel, soul and funk singer known as 'The Godfather of Soul' ("Sex Machine"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"; "Hot Pants"), dies of heart failure at 73

  • Dec 26 Enrique Antonio "Tony" Silvester, Panamanian-American R&B singer-songwriter (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies at 65
  • Dec 28 Gracie Cole, British jazz trumpeter (Ivy Benson's All-Girl Band), and bandleader, dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • Dec 28 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95