December 2017 in Music

Events in Music

  • Dec 4 New York's Metropolitan Opera suspends conductor James Levine after allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Dec 7 Naples' pizza spinning given UNESCO intangible heritage status along with Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru and India's Kumbh festival
  • Dec 9 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

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Dec 9 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver premieres in Los Angeles

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Dec 17 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" takes more than $450m worldwide in its opening weekend, 2nd largest opening in North America ($220m)

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams

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Dec 20 Lady Gaga signs Las Vegas residency deal for $75m at MGM Park Theatre

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga

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Dec 31 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 5 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Dec 7 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Pat DiNizio, American rock vocalist (The Smithereens), dies from ill health at 62
  • Dec 16 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and popular music singer (Mrs Louie Prima), dies from heart failure at 89
  • Dec 17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • Dec 18 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • Dec 22 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Dec 25 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 28 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94