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Year 2008 in Music History

Events in Music


Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 10 50th Grammy Awards: Amy Winehouse wins 5 awards including song "Rehab", Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year

Singer Amy Winehouse
Singer
Amy Winehouse
Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
Musician and Composer
Herbie Hancock

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 3 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (2009 Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album)

Singer Duffy
Singer
Duffy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo

Music release#1 in the Charts

Apr 3 Mariah Carey overtakes Elvis Presley's record of 17 No. 1 US hits with her 18th ‘Touch My Body’, only The Beatles have more with 20

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Music awardsCMT Music Awards

Apr 14 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins win

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 18 43rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood win

Singer Carrie Underwood
Singer
Carrie Underwood
Country Singer Brad Paisley
Country Singer
Brad Paisley
  • May 24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 12 Coldplay release their 4th studio album " Viva la Vida or Death" (winner of 3 Grammys)

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin
  • Jun 13 "Viva la Vida" single released by Coldplay, - their 1st US No. 1, (Grammy Song of the Year)

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 29 Glastonbury music festival in England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing ""Hallelujah"

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 19 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 7 25th MTV Video Music Awards: Britney Spears & Chris Brown win

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Oct 7 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • Nov 11 Taylor Swift releases her 2nd studio album “Fearless” (2009 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Album of the Year 2010, American Music Awards 2009)
  • Nov 12 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 23 35th American Music Awards: Rihanna & Chris Brown win

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 24 Craig David releases his first Greatest Hits album

Singer-songwriter Craig David
Singer-songwriter
Craig David

Weddings in Music

  • Feb 2 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 2 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Feb 14 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 4 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

Singer Beyoncé Knowles
Singer
Beyoncé Knowles
Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon
  • May 17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (23) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (28) in Encino, California
  • Jun 9 "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jun 14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • Jun 22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jul 12 Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo (32) weds fashion publicist Jaymie Dizon (29) at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 21 Actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and actress and singer Carina Lau marry in Bhutan

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (38) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Singer-Songwriter
Jewel Kilcher
  • Sep 6 Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • Dec 6 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 4 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (32) and "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (28) announce their divorce stating "we have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together"

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Aug 17 Genesis drummer and vocalist Phil Collins (57) divorces Swiss-born Orianne Cevey (35) after six years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Mort Garson, Canadian-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, dies of renal failure at 83
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American songwriter and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 17 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 29 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 13 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, dies at 90
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian songwriter and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • Feb 24 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five), dies at 64
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 3 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, English musician and producer (Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?, Don't Let It Die), dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 10 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk), dies of heart failure at 61
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Apr 2 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), dies in scuba diving accident at 44
  • Apr 15 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • Apr 17 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • Apr 20 VL Mike [Michael Allen], American rapper, shot to death by unknown assailant at 32
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer ("Show and Tell"; "The Snake"), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Apr 22 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 5 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • May 5 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), dies at 89
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies when her tour bus crashes at 74
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush, 1974), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 15 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • May 16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • May 25 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), dies at 85 [1]
  • May 28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams" ), dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Bo Diddley [Ellas McDaniel], American rock guitarist dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jun 7 Bill Coday, American musician and singer ("You’re Gonna Want Me"), dies of a stroke at 66
  • Jun 8 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani singer-songwriter, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90
  • Jun 14 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jun 27 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 83
  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 3 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • Jul 18 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • Jul 25 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Jul 25 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band) dies of cancer at 52
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), murdered in her apartment in Dubai at 30
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (b. 1989)
  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)
  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • Aug 11 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • Aug 11 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 25 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), dies at 64
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • Sep 7 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian king of funk", dies of an overdose at 44