December 2019 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 3 Spotify say Drake the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams

  • Dec 8 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Music Concert

Dec 9 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at The Beacon Theatre, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bob Geldof, Ricky Martin, Eurythmics, Deborah Harry, Shaggy, Zucchero, MC Rodriguez, and H.E.R.

#1 in the Charts

Dec 16 Mariah Carey's single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reaches No. 1, 25 years after release


Deaths in Music

Juice WRLDJuice WRLD (1998-2019)

Dec 8 American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies at 21 of a seizure at Chicago airport caused by toxic levels of oxycodone and codeine

  • Dec 9 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), dies after a long illness at 61
  • Dec 12 Danny Aiello, American stage and screen actor (Moonstruck; Do The Right Thing; Broadway Danny Rose), and singer dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter ("My True Love"), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • Dec 13 Emil Richards [Radocchia], American session and touring vibraphonist and percussionist (George Shearing; Frank Sinatra; Lalo Schifrin; Frank Zappa; George Harrison; Harry Partch; Shadowfax), dies at 87
  • Dec 18 Abbey Simon, American concert pianist, and pedagogue, dies at 99
  • Dec 18 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), dies of cancer at 70
  • Dec 18 Kenny Lynch, British pop-rock singer ("You Can Never Stop Me Loving You"; "Up On A Roof"), dies of cancer at 81
  • Dec 25 Peter Schreier, German tenor and conductor (Dresden State Opera, 1962-2000), dies at 84 [1]
  • Dec 26 Jerry Herman, American musical theater composer (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles), dies at 88
  • Dec 27 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), dies at 88
  • Dec 27 Art Sullivan [Marc Liénart van Lidth de Jeude], Belgian pop singer-songwriter ("Un océan de caresses"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Dec 27 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 31 Christian Kellens, Belgian jazz trombonist, dies at 94