December 2012 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

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

Music History

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

Weddings in Music

  • Dec 21 British "McFly" drummer Harry Judd (27) weds British "Escala" violinist Izzy Johnston (29) at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden, Herts, England
  • Dec 21 Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London, England
  • Dec 25 Marie Osmond's daughter Rachael Osmond (23) weds Gabriel Krueger (22) in Park City, Utah

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Jonathan Harvey, British composer (Bhakti; Wheel of Emptiness),educator, and musicologist (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
  • Dec 7 Russ "Rusty" Thacker, American stage actor and singer, dies of cancer at 66
  • Dec 9 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85

Jenni RiveraJenni Rivera (1969-2012)

Dec 9 Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), dies in a plane crash at 43

Ravi ShankarRavi Shankar (1920-2012)

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

  • 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 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • Dec 26 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), dies from a heart attack at 72