Deaths in Music in December 2008

  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69