On This Day

December 2008 in Music History

Weddings in Music

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

Divorces in Music

Madonna

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

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 2 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 10 Henning Christiansen, Danish experimental composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 10 Dorothy Porter, Australian poet (The Monkey's Mask), librettist, (The Eternity Man), and lyricist (The Fiery Maze), dies of breast cancer at 54
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor, dies of cancer at 66
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz pianist dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs; Delaney & Bonnie), dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 29 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69