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December 2014 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 NBC airs musical "Peter Pan Live!" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 21 British pop piano player and singer Elton John (67) marries Canadian filmmaker David Furnish (51)

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 12 Actor and comedian Nick Cannon (37) files for divorce from singer Mariah Carey (48) after 6 years of marriage

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
Actor & Rapper
Nick Cannon

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 3 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), dies from a stroke at 69
  • Dec 5 Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Mexican pianist, conductor (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, 1954-72), and composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 5 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Dec 8 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, dies at 99
  • Dec 9 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), dies at 71
  • Dec 9 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) takes his own life at 53
  • Dec 11 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85
  • Dec 13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • Dec 15 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, dies at 92

Person of interestJoe Cocker

Dec 22 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • Dec 23 Jerzy Semkow, Polish-French conductor and educator, dies at 86
  • Dec 24 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 91
  • Dec 29 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78