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December 2012 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 "Gangnam Style" by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

K-Pop Star Psy
K-Pop Star
Psy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Flavor Flav's Chicken & Ribs opens in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Weddings in Music

  • Dec 21 "Rolling Stones" guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London
  • Dec 21 "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds former Escala violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), dies at 73
  • Dec 5 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91

Person of interestJenni Rivera

Dec 9 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • Dec 9 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85

Person of interestRavi Shankar

Dec 11 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Dec 13 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), dies at 77
  • Dec 20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • Dec 21 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), dies at 76
  • Dec 26 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), dies from a heart attack at 72