On This Day

Musicians Who Died in December 2016

  • 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
  • Dec 24 Rick Parfitt, British pop guitarist and singer (Status Quo - "Wanderer"; "Pictures of Matchstick Men"), dies at 68

George 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