December 2007 in Music History

Weddings in Music

  • Dec 8 American "Backstreet Boys" member Howie Dorough (34) weds longtime girlfriend, webmaster Leigh Boniello (33) at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida

Katherine Heigl

Dec 23 American "Grey's Anatomy" actress Katherine Heigl (29) weds American pop-country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah

Billie Piper

Dec 31 Actress Billie Piper (25) marries fellow actor Laurence Fox (29)

Divorces in Music

Eddie Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli

Dec 20 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli (47) divorces guitarist Eddie Van Halen (52) due to irreconcilable differences after 26 years of marriage

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 4 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Pimp C. [Chad Butler], American rapper (Underground Kingz), dies of overuse of prescription cough syrup and sleep apnea at 33
  • Dec 5 Andrew Imbrie, American contemporary classical composer, and pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 5 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 6 András Szőllősy, Hungarian composer, and musicologist (cataloged works of Béla Bartók), dies at 86
  • Dec 10 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Dec 12 Ike Turner, American musician ("Rocket 88"; Ike and Tina Turner - "A Fool in Love"; "Proud Mary"), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • Dec 13 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Native American (Dakota Sioux) country music singer-songwriter, actor (Walker, Texas Ranger; Northern Exposure), and political activist, dies from complications of leukemia at 71
  • Dec 14 Ernő Király, Yugoslavian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 88
  • Dec 16 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • Dec 16 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98
  • Dec 22 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)

Dec 23 Canadian jazz pianist and composer (Downbeat Magazine's Pianist of the Year, 1950-62), dies of kidney failure at 82

  • Dec 25 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • Dec 25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • Dec 26 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • Dec 28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor (The Man Without A Past), and art-rock bassist and singer (Motelli Skronkle), dies at 51