November 2009 in Music History

Events in Music


Nov 23 "Fela!", based on music and lyrics by Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, opens on Broadway

I Dreamed a Dream

Nov 23 Susan Boyle releases her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” (biggest selling album worldwide 2009, 2010 Billboard Album of the Year)

Weddings in Music

  • Nov 8 "The Practice" actress Marla Sokoloff (29) weds composer Alec Puro (34) at Il Cielo restaurant
  • Nov 14 "Kings of Leon" drummer Nate Followill (33) weds singer Jessie Baylin (25) at the Wolf Den Farm in Brentwood, Tennessee

Divorces in Music


Nov 4 R&B singer Usher (30) divorces hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (38) due to irretrievably broken marriage after 2 years

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 5 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Edward Woodward, British actor (Breaker Morant; Wickerman; The Equalizer), and pop singer ("The Way You Look Tonight"), dies at 79
  • Nov 18 Bill Narum, American counter-culture figure, illustrator and rock poster and album art designer (ZZ Top), dies at 62
  • Nov 20 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), dies at 83
  • Nov 23 Richard Graham Meale, Australian composer (Three Miró Pieces; Voss), dies at 77
  • Nov 24 Hale Smith, American composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 24 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), dies at 88