On This Day

December 2013 in Music History

Events in Music

Music releaseAlbum Release

Dec 13 "Beyoncé" 5th studio album by Beyoncé is released

Weddings in Music

LovePerson of Interest

Dec 31 Actress-comedian Lily Tomlin (74) weds screenwriter Jane Wagner (78) in Los Angeles, California

Comedian, Actress and Singer Lily Tomlin
Comedian, Actress and Singer
Lily Tomlin

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • Dec 1 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • Dec 6 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 8 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, dies at 82
  • Dec 10 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Zbigniew Karkowski, Polish composer and experimental musician (Sensorband), dies of pancreatic cancer at 55
  • Dec 16 Ray Price, American singer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 87
  • Dec 17 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), dies at 88
  • Dec 21 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • Dec 23 Ricky Lawson, American musician, dies at 59
  • Dec 29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), dies from cancer at 81
  • Dec 29 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, dies at 84