On This Day

December 2016 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 2 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36
  • Dec 7 Pakistan International Airways plane crashes north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board, including singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Dec 10 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

KnightedKnighthood

Dec 30 British singer-songwriter Ray Davies, of The Kinks, is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 1 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), dies at 94
  • Dec 3 Antonio Membrado, Spanish-French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Gigliola Frazzoni, Italian operatic soprano, dies at 93
  • Dec 4 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), dies from lung illness at 69
  • Dec 7 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • Dec 7 Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani singer (Vital Signs 1), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • Dec 13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • Dec 14 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), dies at 95
  • Dec 21 Weston Noble, American music educator and conductor (Luther College, 1948-2005), dies at 94
  • Dec 22 Bill Price, British audio engineer (Tom Jones; Wings: Sparks; Elton John), and record producer (The Clash; Sex Pistols; Waterboys), dies of cancer at 72
  • Dec 23 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, dies at 65
  • Dec 24 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, dies at 87

Person of interestGeorge Michael

Dec 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar Wham! - "Careless Whisper"; "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"; solo - " I Want Your Sex"; "Faith")), dies of suspected heart failure at 53

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • Dec 25 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), dies from cancer at 68
  • Dec 25 Valery Khalilov, Russian military conductor and composer, dies in a plane crash in the Black Sea, near Sochi, at 64
  • Dec 26 George S. Irving [Shelasky], American broadway singer and actor (Dumplings), dies at 94
  • Dec 28 (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away