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Year 2015 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Feb 5 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • Feb 8 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 25 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 The family of Marvin Gaye win a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 10 "See You Again" released by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth commissioned by film "Furious 7" as tribute to Paul Walker (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 18 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 19 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert
  • May 5 "Traveller" debut album by Chris Stapleton is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album, 2016; Billboard Album of the Year, 2016)
  • May 17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 17 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

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

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 22 Daniel Johns releases “Talk”, his debut album as a solo artist

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • May 23 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna
  • Jun 10 49th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan win
  • Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival 2015 in Pilton, England opens: Kanye West, and The Who headline; other performers include Lionel Richie, Motörhead, Burt Bacharach, The Libertines, and Pharrell Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 Robbie Williams announces he is returning to boy band Take That

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Aug 30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 4 American rock band Van Halen's final public performance takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • Oct 9 Selena Gomez releases her studio album "Revival", goes to #1 on Billboard 200

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 23 Adele releases her single "Hello" - becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 Katy Perry is the highest paid musician of the year earning 135 million, according to Forbes Magazine

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 9 "Love Yourself" single released by Justin Bieber (Billboard Song of the Year 2016, Grammy Song of the Year)

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Nov 20 "25" 3rd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2017, 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 14 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles


Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
  • Feb 14 Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England
  • Mar 21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Apr 25 Heart's lead singer Ann Wilson (64) weds multi-generational community developer Dean Wetter in her manager's California backyard
  • May 2 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California

LoveWedding of Interest

May 15 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (42) weds F1 racing team boss Christian Horner (41) in Bedfordshire, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • May 16 Glee singer/actress Heather Morris (28) weds high school sweetheart Taylor Hubbell at Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California
  • Jun 9 Actress and singer Aly Michalka (26) weds film producer Stephen Ringer at Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy
  • Jun 18 Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Lindsay Arnold (21) weds highschool sweetheart Samuel Lightner Cusick in Salt Lake City

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 4 American actress and singer Vanessa Williams (52) weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 11 Professional dancer Kevin Clifton (33) weds fellow dancer Karen Hauer (33) at One Great George Street in Westminster
  • Jul 11 Singer Peter Andre (42) weds Emily MacDonagh at Mamhead House in Exeter

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 17 Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating (38) weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland

  • Aug 19 World-famous tenor Russell Watson (48) weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain
  • Oct 24 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Singer Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Dec 23 Musician Richard Marx (53) weds TV host and model Daisy Fuentes (50) in Aspen, Colorado

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 20 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
Country Music Singer-Songwriter Miranda Lambert
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Miranda Lambert

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • Jan 2 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • Jan 2 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), dies of cancer at 53
  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, dies at 74
  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • Jan 13 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), dies at 99
  • Jan 15 Kim Fowley, US record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • Jan 18 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • Jan 28 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Joseph Alfidi, American classical prodigy pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 65
  • Feb 3 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • Feb 9 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Steve Strange [Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Feb 16 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 17 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • Feb 17 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies at 79
  • Feb 21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • Feb 22 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 68
  • Feb 28 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), dies at 90 [1]
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records label, dies at 91
  • Mar 8 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • Mar 11 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • Mar 13 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 15 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Mar 16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • Mar 19 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter (Don't Walk Away Renee), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Peter Katin, British concert pianist, dies at 84
  • Mar 20 A.J. Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • Mar 22 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live - At Dawn We Die), dies at 107
  • Mar 23 Lil' Chris [Hardman], British rock singer (Checkin' It Out), takes his own life at 24 [1]
  • Mar 24 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54
  • Mar 26 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 28 Douglas Leedy, American composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 1 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 2 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 3 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • Apr 3 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • Apr 5 Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer (Solo a Solo; Cantata manriqueña), dies at 80
  • Apr 6 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), dies at 96
  • Apr 6 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 14 Percy Sledge, American soul singer ("When A Man Loves A Woman"), dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer (Stand By Me), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), dies in a house fire at 89
  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • May 2 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), dies at 75
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • May 8 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), dies at 93
  • May 8 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, dies at 81
  • May 12 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, dies at 85

Person of interestB.B. King

May 14 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 17 Chinx [Lionel Pickens], American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 28 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), dies at 66
  • May 29 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jun 1 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, dies at 86

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

Jun 11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation), dies of a heart attack at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • Jun 11 Ron Moody [Moodnick], British stage and screen actor, singer (Oliver!; The Twelve Chairs), and composer dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • Jun 12 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), dies at 90
  • Jun 12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • Jun 13 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • Jun 13 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62
  • Jun 15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • Jun 15 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), dies at 75
  • Jun 21 Gunther Schuller, American horn player and jazz composer ("Of Reminiscences and Reflections" - Pulitzer Prize, 1994), dies at 89
  • Jun 22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Jun 22 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu, 1965-2015), dies at 95
  • Jun 23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • Jun 27 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • Jul 1 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88
  • Jul 2 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician and composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 8 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue; The Wanderer), dies at 76
  • Jul 10 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88
  • Jul 15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • Jul 15 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, dies at 80
  • Jul 19 Van Alexander, American composer and band leader ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket"), dies at 100
  • Jul 21 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, dies at 91