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Events



January

  • January 1 â€" Julia Fischer makes her début as a concert pianist, performing Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. The concert was conducted by Matthias Pintscher, who replaced Sir Neville Marriner. On the same occasion she also performed the Violin Concerto no. 3 in B minor by Camille Saint-Saëns.
  • January 5 â€" The Salzburg Festival launches the "Herbert von Karajan Jubilee Year" with a concert in Salzburg's Grosses Festspielhaus.
  • January 29
    • Face to Face announce that they will reunite for select shows in the US and internationally.
    • Rage Against the Machine headline the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand, their first shows outside the United States since reforming, and their first Australian shows in 12 years.
  • January 31 - Laura Attwood of the King Edward VI School in Morpeth wins the second Eileen Bowler Award.

February

  • February 8 â€" Michael Jackson's Thriller album, the world's best-selling album of all time, is reissued as Thriller 25 to celebrate its 25th anniversary, with Jackson himself as executive producer.
  • February 10 â€" The 50th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA.
  • February 19 â€" System of a Down guitarist, Daron Malakian, tells MTV.com that the band is not likely to reform as he will be concentrating on his new project Scars on Broadway.
  • February 20-25â€"Viña del Mar International Song Festival is held in Chile.
  • February 23-March 3 â€" The second annual Soundwave festival is held in Australia.
  • February 26 â€" The Return of the Spice Girls tour comes to a close in Toronto.

March

  • March 6-9 â€" The 2008 Langerado Music Festival is held on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in southern Florida.
  • March 7 â€" The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2008 takes place in Indonesia.
  • 7-16 â€" The 2008 South by Southwest Conference and Festival is held in Austin, Texas, USA.
  • March 11 â€" Jazz musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton announces his retirement from presenting BBC Radio 2's jazz programme after forty years.
  • March 25-29 â€" Miami Winter Music Conference.
  • March 31 â€" theJazz radio station stops broadcasting.

April

  • April 1 â€" Scott Weiland's departure from rock band Velvet Revolver becomes official. Weiland's reunion with his former band, Stone Temple Pilots, and tensions between Weiland and the rest of Velvet Revolver, led to his departure.
  • April 5
    • The reunited Face to Face perform together for the first time in four-and-a-half-years at The Bamboozle Left in Irvine, California, USA.
    • Leona Lewis single "Bleeding Love" reached number 1 in 35 countries and became the first song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a female British solo artist in 20 years since Kim Wilde did with "You Keep Me Hangin On" back in 1987. Her single was later proclaimed as the best selling single of 2008 worldwide and was proclaimed Top New Artist by Billboard.
  • April 12 â€" "Touch My Body" becomes Mariah Carey's 18th number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, pushing her into second place among artists with the most number 1 singles in the rock era and first place as a solo artist in the same category, surpassing Elvis Presley.
  • April 15 â€" Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially proclaims Mariah Carey Day in Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • April 22 â€" Andrey Baranov of Russia wins First Prize in the Second Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition in London.

May

  • May 3
    • The sixth annual The Bamboozle festival opens at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
  • May 10-11 â€" The Give It A Name 2008 festival is held at Earls Court, London, UK.
  • May 14 â€" The "Spirit of Change" Gospel Choir celebrates its tenth anniversary with the 20th Zündorfer Gospelnacht concert in the Catholic Parish Church of St. Mariae Geburt, in Zündorf.
  • May 21 â€" David Cook defeats David Archuleta to win season 7 of American Idol, in a contest decided by 97.5 million votes, a record for the show.
  • May 24 â€" 43 countries compete in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest final in Belgrade, Serbia, including newcomers San Marino and Azerbaijan. The contest is won by Russia, with Believe by Dima Bilan.
  • May 24-26 â€" The Sasquatch! Music Festival is held over Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge Amphitheatre in central Washington, USA.
  • May 25 â€" The Slovak preliminary round of the first Bluegrass competition (toward the annual Czech Festival Banjo Jamboree) is held in Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava.
  • May 30-June 1
    • Rock In Rio Lisboa 2008 takes place in Parque da Bela Vista, Chelas, Lisbon, Portugal, continuing on June 5â€"6.
    • The fourth annual Mountain Jam Festival is held in Hunter Mountain, New York, USA.

June

  • June 1 â€" Westlife play their 10th anniversary concert at Europe's fourth biggest stadium, Croke Park, in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
  • June 6-8 â€" The 2008 Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is held at Clinton State Park near Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
  • June 10 â€" Lil Wayne's sixth album Tha Carter III sells 1 million copies in its first week of release.
  • June 12-15 â€" The 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival is held in Manchester, Tennessee, U.S. .
  • June 13-15 â€" The seventh Isle of Wight Festival takes place in Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK.
  • June 15 â€" E. Kallai from Hungary wins First Prize in the 11th Carl Fleisch International Violin Competition in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary.
  • June 20 â€" My Bloody Valentine play their first reunion show at the Roundhouse, London, UK.
  • June 27-29 â€" The Eidgenössiches Jodlerfest is held in Lucerne.
  • June 29 â€" Release of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the first video game in the Guitar Hero series to be based around a single music group.

July

  • July 3 â€" Opening of the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, UK.
  • July 5 â€" Staatsminister Rainer Robra and Halberstadt Oberbürgermeister Andreas Henke preside as the notes Aâ™­ and C are added in the sixth sound change of the performance of John Cage's Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) that began on 5 September 2001 and is to conclude on 5 September 2640, in Halberstadt, Germany.
  • July 23-26 â€" The 2008 10,000 Lakes Festival is held.
  • July 24-28 â€" The Fifth International Symposium of throat-singing, "Khoomeiâ€"Cultural Phenomenon of the Peoples of Central Asia" is held in Tuva.

August

  • August 1-3 â€" The Lollapalooza music festival takes place in Chicago, USA.
  • August 8 â€" Chen Qigang is director of music for the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing. A minor scandal ensues when it is revealed that Lin Miaoke, the performer of "Ode to the Motherland", was miming to a recording by another girl, Yang Peiyi.
  • August 10 â€" Jimmy Dean and Eddie Fisher celebrate their 80th birthdays.
  • August 12-18 â€" Sziget Festival 2008 takes place in Budapest, Hungary.
  • August 13 â€" Jeff Singer quits Paradise Lost.
  • August 19 â€" LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, dies from complications from an ATV accident suffered earlier in the summer.
  • August 22 â€" Coke Live Music Festival opens in Poland, headlined by artists Sean Paul, Timbaland, and The Prodigy.
  • August 23 â€" Madonna starts her Sticky & Sweet Tour which is set to become the highest-grossing tour for both a female and solo artist.
    • Michael Nicklasson quits Dark Tranquility
  • August 30
    • Filipino rock band Eraserheads hold their one-night-only reunion concert in the Fort open field, their first concert since 2001. After the 20-minute break, vocalist Ely Buendia is rushed to the hospital because of chest pain due to emotional stress.
    • American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta's debut single "Crush" scores the highest debut of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 by an American Idol finalist not performed on the show. The track opened at No. 2 after selling 166,000 downloads in its first week of release.
  • August 31 â€" Chrome Division fires Eddie Guz.

September

  • September 6 â€" Six members of The Specials re-unite at the Bestival as a 'Surprise Act'. They use the name "Terry Hall and Friends", because Jerry Dammers, who owns the band's name, did not participate.
  • September 7 â€" The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards event took place at Paramount Studios, Hollywood also being called Britney Spears' night who won the awards for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Female Video for Piece of Me. Christina Aguilera also made her return to music since giving birth to her first child with the debut of her single Keeps Gettin' Better.
  • September 9 â€" Jessica Simpson releases her first album in 2 years, Do You Know, her first country album. The album goes straight in at No. 1 in the Billboard Country Charts and at No. 4 in the Billboard 200 with sales of 65,000.
  • September 10 â€" The 22nd Annual ARIA Music Awards are held in Sydney, Australia, recognizing Australian music in 2008. Dance-punk group The Presets win Album of the Year.
  • September 11 â€" Christian Älvestam leaves Scar Symmetry.
  • September 12 â€" Season 4 of the Finnish talent contest, Idols, begins.
  • September 15 â€" Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble release Before the Ruin.
  • September 18
    • Soilwork hires former member, Peter Wichers, to replace Daniel Antonsson, who is fired.
    • Ben Folds Five play a sold out reunion show in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, performing the entirety of their 1999 album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, that was filmed for DVD and web release by MySpace in benefit for Operation Smile
    • Crystal Castles play their biggest headline show to date, at Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.
  • September 19 â€" Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) survive a plane crash that claims four lives.
  • September 20 â€" P!nk scores her first solo number-one hit in her native USA, with "So What".
  • September 21
    • At the Gates play their final Show.
    • The Eric Burdon show in Oklahoma is cancelled due his health problems.
  • September 24 â€" Within Temptation release Black Symphony DVD, featuring the Metropole Orchestra and guest musicians.
  • September 25 â€"Paul McCartney performs at Tel Aviv park, his first performance in Israel since The Beatles were banned from the country in 1965.

October

  • October 1 â€" Tina Turner leaves semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which grossed over US$130 million.
  • October 5 â€" Stephanie Jeong wins the Second Prize (no First Prize was awarded) in the Premio Paganini international violin competition in Genoa.
  • October 10 â€" The Fourth Waakirchener Zither Festival takes place in Waakirchen, Bavaria.
  • October 12 â€" Opening of the VII Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra, in Rome and the Vatican City (until November 30,).
  • October 16 â€" Britney Spears sets a new record for the biggest jump to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, rising from number 96 to number one in just one week, with her single "Womanizer". It is Spears' first American number one since her debut single "...Baby One More Time". (The record has since been broken by Kelly Clarkson). It also garnered first-week download sales of 286,000, the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist.
  • October 18 â€" Rihanna scores her fifth number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 (as a featured artist on T.I.'s "Live Your Life", which followed "SOS", "Umbrella", "Take a Bow", and "Disturbia"), becoming the leading solo female artist with the most number ones to have charted in this decade Until Beyoncé Knowles broke her record (as a solo artist).

November

  • November 1-9 â€" The Southbank Centre in London, UK presents "Klang: A Tribute to Stockhausen", a festival curated by Oliver Knussen, with a series of concerts focusing on works from the composer's last decade, including the world premieres of Urantia and Zodiac for Orchestra, as well as late-night performances, lectures, and master classes.
  • November 2 â€" The Fauxharmonic Orchestra loses in its debut confrontation with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in a Bargemusic concert.
  • November 4 â€" Bhimsen Joshi is selected to receive the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.
  • November 6 â€" Michael Tilson Thomas makes his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription-concert conducting debut.
  • November 17 â€" Korean violinist Hyun-Su Shin wins First Prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris
  • November 24 â€" The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announces the appointment of Pinchas Zukerman as principal guest conductor, to begin in January 2009.

December

  • December 9 â€" Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon say that Blur will reunite for a concert at Hyde Park on July 3, 2009. Tickets for the concert sell out within two minutes of release, and Blur announce another date on July 2, 2009.
  • December 11 â€" Elliott Carter celebrates his 100th birthday.
  • December 13 â€" Beyoncé Knowles scores her fifth number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", which followed "Crazy in Love", "Baby Boy", "Check on It", and "Irreplaceable", tying with Rihanna as the leading solo female artist with the most number ones to have charted in this decade.
  • December 22 â€" Live Nation announce that Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour is the highest-grossing tour for solo artist with US$280 million in ticket sales and 2,350,282 fans attending the 58 shows during the 3 leg tour across Europe and the Americas.

Bands formed



  • See Category:Musical groups established in 2008

Bands reformed



See Category:Musical groups reestablished in 2008

Returning performers



  • AC/DC (first album since 2000)
  • Anastacia (last studio album released in 2004)
  • Ashanti (last studio album released in 2004)
  • Ashlee Simpson (last studio album released in 2005)
  • Billy Bragg (first studio album since 2002, first under his own name since 1996)
  • Bomb the Bass (first full-length album since 1995)
  • Boyzone (first studio album released in 1999)
  • Brandy (last studio album released in 2004)
  • David Byrne & Brian Eno (first album since 1981)
  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies (first album since 2000)
  • Dido (last studio album released in 2003)
  • Donna Summer (first studio album since 1991)
  • Erykah Badu (first album since 2003)
  • Extreme (first studio album since 1995)
  • Grace Jones (first studio album since 1989)
  • Guns N' Roses (first album of original material since 1991)
  • Jason Donovan (first studio album since 1993)
  • Lenny Kravitz (first album since 2004)
  • Metallica (first album since 2003)
  • Mötley Crüe (first album with all members since 1997)
  • New Kids on the Block (first album since 1994)
  • Polvo (first tour since 1998)
  • Queen (first studio album since 1995, and first with Paul Rodgers on lead vocals)
  • The Cure (first studio album since 2004)
  • The Offspring (first album since 2003)
  • The Screaming Jets (first studio album since 2000)
  • The Specials (as "Terry Hall and Friends")
  • The Verve (first album since 1997)
  • Third Eye Blind (first single/release since 2003)
  • Toadies (first album since 2001)
  • Vanessa Amorosi (debut international album and first Australian Album since 1999)

Bands disbanded



See Musical groups disestablished in 2008

Bands on hiatus



  • ¡Forward, Russia! (indefinite hiatus)
  • Big & Rich (until 2009, due to a neck injury suffered by Big Kenny)
  • The Dresden Dolls
  • From Autumn to Ashes
  • Hell Is for Heroes
  • Incubus (on break from touring and recording)
  • Monkey Swallows the Universe (indefinite hiatus)
  • My Chemical Romance (on an extended break after a US tour)
  • Kaddisfly (On hiatus after bassist Kile Brewer left. Remaining members now called Waters & Bodies)
  • Phantom Planet
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers (two-year hiatus)
  • Rilo Kiley (due to the success of lead singer Jenny Lewis' solo career)
  • Social Distortion (due to their lead singer undertaking a solo tour)
  • The Starting Line (indefinite break)
  • Velvet Revolver (while looking for a new lead singer)
  • Westlife (a one year break)
  • Wolfmother (whilst looking for new musicians)
  • Yellowcard (indefinitely)

Albums released



Best-selling albums globally & United States



The best-selling records in 2008 according to IFPI:

The best-selling albums in the United States:

Hit records



United States

Singles which have ranked within Top 10 within the Billboard Hot 100 Hits (excludes those that were #1 in the UK)

  • "7 Things" â€" Miley Cyrus (#9)
  • "Apologize" â€" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic (#3)
  • "A Milli" â€" Lil Wayne (#6)
  • "Bubbly" â€" Colbie Caillat (#7)
  • "Burnin' Up" â€" Jonas Brothers (#5)
  • "Bust It Baby Part 2" â€" Plies featuring Ne-Yo (#7)
  • "Can't Believe It" â€" T-Pain featuring Lil Wayne (#7)
  • "Change" â€" Taylor Swift (#10)
  • "Circus" â€" Britney Spears (#3)
  • "Clumsy" â€" Fergie (#5)
  • "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" â€" Soulja Boy Tell'em (#5 â€" Hit No. 1 in 2007)
  • "Crush" â€" David Archuleta (#2)
  • "Cyclone" â€" Baby Bash featuring T-Pain (#11)
  • "Damaged" â€" Danity Kane featuring Diddy (#10)
  • "Dangerous" â€" Kardinal Offishall (#5)
  • "Don't Stop the Music" â€" Rihanna (#3)
  • "Elevator" â€" Flo Rida featuring Timbaland (#16)
  • "Fearless" â€" Taylor Swift (#9)
  • "Forever" â€" Chris Brown (#2)
  • "Gives You Hell" - The All-American Rejects
  • "Gotta Be Somebody" â€" Nickelback (#10)
  • "Got Money" â€" Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain (#10)
  • "Hate That I Love You" â€" Rihanna featuring Ne-Yo (#10)
  • "Heartless" â€" Kanye West (#4)
  • "Hot n Cold" â€" Katy Perry (#3)
  • "If I Were a Boy" â€" Beyoncé (#3)
  • "Independent" â€" Webbie featuring Lil Boosie and Lil Phat (#9)
  • "In the Ayer" â€" Flo Rida featuring will.i.am (#9)
  • "I'm Yours" â€" Jason Mraz (#6)
  • "Just Dance" â€" Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis (#3)
  • "Keeps Gettin' Better" â€" Christina Aguilera (#7)
  • "Kiss Kiss" â€" Chris Brown featuring T-Pain (#4 â€" Hit No. 1 in 2007)
  • "Leavin'" â€" Jesse McCartney (#10)
  • "Let It Rock" â€" Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne (#5)
  • "Love Lockdown" â€" Kanye West (#3)
  • "Love Song" â€" Sara Bareilles (#4)
  • "Love Story" â€" Taylor Swift (#5)
  • "Miss Independent" â€" Ne-Yo (#7)
  • "Mrs. Officer" â€" Lil Wayne featuring Bobby Valentino (#16)
  • "New Soul" â€" Yael Naïm" (#7)
  • "No Air" â€" Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown (#3)
  • "No One" â€" Alicia Keys (#2 â€" Hit No. 1 in 2007)
  • "Paper Planes" â€" M.I.A. (#4)
  • "Paralyzer" â€" Finger Eleven (#6)
  • "Pocketful of Sunshine" â€" Natasha Bedingfield (#5)
  • "Right Now (Na Na Na)" â€" Akon (#8)
  • "The River" - Good Charlotte
  • "See You Again" â€" Miley Cyrus (#10)
  • "Sensual Seduction" â€" Snoop Dogg (#7)
  • "Sexy Can I" â€" Ray J featuring Yung Berg (#3)
  • "Shake It" â€" Metro Station (#10)
  • "Shawty Get Loose" â€" Lil Mama featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain (#10)
  • "Sorry" â€" Buckcherry (#9)
  • "Superstar" â€" Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos (#10)
  • "Swagga Like Us" â€" Jay-Z featuring T.I., Kanye West, and Lil Wayne (#5)
  • "Take You There" â€" Sean Kingston (#7)
  • "Tattoo" â€" Jordin Sparks (#8)
  • "The Time of My Life" â€" David Cook (#3)
  • "This Is Me" - Demi Lovato featuring Joe Jonas (#9)
  • "Tonight" â€" Jonas Brothers (#8)
  • "When I Grow Up" â€" The Pussycat Dolls (#9)
  • "With You" â€" Chris Brown (#2)
  • "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" - The Offspring

United Kingdom

UK Official Top 75 No. 1 Hits

  • "When You Believe" â€" Leon Jackson (1 week in 2007/2 weeks in 2008)
  • "Now You're Gone" â€" Basshunter (5 weeks)
  • "Mercy" â€" Duffy (5 weeks)
  • "American Boy" â€" Estelle featuring Kanye West (4 weeks)
  • "4 Minutes" â€" Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland (4 weeks)
  • "That's Not My Name" â€" The Ting Tings (1 week)
  • "Take a Bow" â€" Rihanna (2 weeks)
  • "Singin' in the Rain" â€" Mint Royale (2 weeks)
  • "Viva la Vida" â€" Coldplay (1 week)
  • "Closer" â€" Ne-Yo (1 week)
  • "Dance wiv Me" â€" Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome (4 weeks)
  • "All Summer Long" â€" Kid Rock (1 week)
  • "I Kissed a Girl" â€" Katy Perry (5 weeks)
  • "Sex on Fire" â€" Kings of Leon (3 weeks)
  • "So What" â€" Pink (3 weeks)
  • "The Promise" â€" Girls Aloud (1 week)
  • "Hero" â€" The X Factor Finalists 2008 (3 weeks)
  • "If I Were a Boy" â€" Beyoncé (1 week)
  • "Greatest Day" â€" Take That (1 week)
  • "Run" â€" Leona Lewis (2 weeks)
  • "Hallelujah" â€" Alexandra Burke (2 weeks)

Australia

Australia Official Top 50 No. 1 Hits

Australia Official Top 50 Hits â€" Singles which have ranked within Top 20

Other international hits

  • "About You Now" â€" The Saw Doctors
  • "Algún día" â€" Julieta Venegas
  • "Déjame Entrar (Makano song)" â€" Makano
  • "Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" â€" DJ Ötzi and Nik P
  • "Everything â€" P-Money
  • "Gansi" â€" Edo Maajka
  • "Dos Mou Logo Na Sotho" â€" Mando
  • "Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi" â€" Uverworld
  • "Jennie Let Me Love You" â€" E.M.D.
  • "Kallai Mattum" â€" Hariharan
  • "Me Estás Tentando" â€" Wisin & Yandel
  • "Nekade Daleku" â€" Elena Risteska
  • "Non ti scordar mai di me" â€" Giusy Ferreri
  • "Pehli Nazar Mein" â€" Atif Aslam
  • "Réveiller le monde" â€" Mylène Farmer
  • "Quédate" â€" Pee Wee
  • "Scheiss Liebe" â€" LaFee
  • "The Galway Girl" â€" Sharon Shannon and Mundy
  • "Traicionera" â€" Américo

Classical music



Instrumental music

  • Martin Bresnick â€" Joaquin is Dreaming
  • Elliott Carter
    • Concerto for flute and orchestra
    • Duetto for violin and cello (first of the Due Duetti)
    • Tinntinabulation, for percussion sextet
    • Wind Rose, for wind ensemble
  • Joël-François Durand â€" Le Tombeau de Rameau, for flute, viola and harp
  • Lorenzo Ferrero
    • Freedom Variations, for trumpet and chamber ensemble
    • 2 Agosto. Prima variazione (from Quatro variazioni su un tema di Banchieri), for organ and orchestra
  • Jennifer Higdon â€" Violin Concerto
  • Mehdi Hosseini - Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra
  • Arvo Pärt â€" Symphony No. 4
  • Tan Dun â€" Piano Concerto The Fire

Opera

  • John Adams â€" Doctor Atomic

Other

  • Elliott Carter
    • On Conversing with Paradise, for baritone and chamber orchestra
    • Poems of Louis Zukofsky, for mezzo-soprano and clarinet
  • Karl Jenkins
    • Stabat Mater
    • Te Deum

Musical films



  • Annan Thambi
  • Cadillac Records
  • Dasavathaaram
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

Deaths



January

  • January 3 â€" Henri Chopin, 85, French sound poet
  • January 10 â€" Dave Day, 66 (heart attack), American guitarist (The Monks)
  • January 11 â€" Pete Candoli, 84 (prostate cancer), American jazz trumpeter
  • January 13 â€" Sergejus Larinas, 51, Russian tenor
  • January 17 â€" Madeleine Michaud, 105, French librettist
  • January 19
    • Andy Palacio, 47, Belizean Punta musician
    • Trevor Taylor, 50 (heart attack), German singer (Bad Boys Blue)
    • John Stewart, 68, American singer-songwriter (The Kingston Trio)
  • January 20 â€" Tommy McQuater, 93, British jazz trumpeter
  • January 25 â€" Evelyn Barbirolli, 97, British oboist
  • January 30 â€" Miles Kington, 66, British bassist

February

  • February 3 â€" Jackie Orszaczky, 60, Hungarian jazz bass-guitarist and composer
  • February 4 â€" Tata Güines, 77, Cuban percussionist and composer
  • February 9 â€" Scot Halpin, 54, American drummer
  • February 10
    • Freddie Bell, 76, American musician
    • Inga Nielsen, 61 (cancer), Danish soprano
  • February 13 â€" Henri Salvador, 90 (ruptured aneurysm), French singer
  • February 15 â€" Willie P. Bennett, 56 (heart attack), Canadian folk singer-songwriter
  • February 19
    • Yegor Letov, 43 (heart stopped), Russian punk singer
    • Teo Macero, 82, American jazz saxophonist, record producer and composer
  • February 21 â€" Joe Gibbs, 65 (heart attack), Jamaican record producer
  • February 24 â€" Larry Norman, 60, American musician
  • February 25 â€" Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, 33, American rapper
  • February 26 â€" Buddy Miles, 60, American drummer (Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys)
  • February 27
    • Ray Kane, 82, American slack-key guitarist
    • Ivan Rebroff, 76, German singer of traditional Russian music
  • February 28
    • Mike Conley, 48, American punk singer (M.I.A.)
    • Mike Smith, 64 (pneumonia), British singer and producer (The Dave Clark Five)

March

  • March 2 â€" Jeff Healey, 41 (cancer), Canadian blues guitarist
  • March 3
    • Giuseppe Di Stefano, 86, Italian tenor
    • Norman Smith, 85, British record producer and musician
  • March 4 â€" Leonard Rosenman, 83 (heart attack), American composer
  • March 10 â€" Dennis Irwin, 56, American double-bass player
  • March 12 â€" Alun Hoddinott, 78, British composer
  • March 13 â€" Bill Bolick, 90, country musician (The Blue Sky Boys)
  • March 15 â€" Mikey Dread, 53 (brain tumor), Jamaican reggae musician and broadcaster
  • March 16
    • Ola Brunkert, 61 (injuries from fall), Swedish session drummer
    • Daniel MacMaster, 39 (Group A streptococcal infection), Canadian vocalist (Bonham)
  • March 21
    • Klaus Dinger, 61, German drummer (Neu!)
    • Shusha Guppy, 72, Iranian folk-singer and composer
  • March 22 â€" Cachao López, 89 (kidney failure), Cuban bassist
  • March 23 â€" Neil Aspinall, 66 (lung cancer), British music industry executive
  • March 29 â€" Allan Ganley, 77, British jazz drummer
  • March 30 â€" Sean LeVert, 39, American vocalist (LeVert)

April

  • April 6 â€" Larry Brown, 63 (respiratory condition), American vocalist (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
  • April 15
    • Sean Costello, 28 (drug overdose), American blues musician
    • Brian Davison, 65, British drummer (The Nice)
  • April 17 â€" Danny Federici, 58 (melanoma), American rock multi-instrumentalist (E Street Band)
  • April 20
    • Bebe Barron, 82, American electronic music pioneer
    • VL Mike, 30 (shot), American rap artist
  • April 21 - Al Wilson, 68, American singer
  • April 22 â€" Paul Davis, American singer-songwriter
  • April 24
    • Tristram Cary, 82, British composer
    • Jimmy Giuffre, 86 (pneumonia), American jazz musician
  • April 25 â€" Humphrey Lyttelton, 86, British jazz musician
  • April 26 â€" Henry Brant, 94, American composer
  • April 27 â€" Frances Yeend, 95, American soprano
  • April 29 â€" Micky Waller, 66, British drummer

May

  • May 4 â€" Kishan Maharaj, 84, Indian tabla player
  • May 5 â€" Jerry Wallace, 79 (congestive heart failure), American country music singer
  • May 6 â€" Franz Jackson, 95, American jazz saxophonist
  • May 8
    • Eddy Arnold, 89, American country music singer
    • Larry Levine, 80, American audio engineer
  • May 10 â€" Leyla Gencer, 79, Turkish soprano
  • May 11
    • Dottie Rambo, 74 (bus accident), American gospel singer
    • John Rutsey, 54 or 55 (heart attack), Canadian drummer (Rush)
  • May 15
    • Alexander Courage, 88, American composer
    • Bob Florence, 75, American jazz pianist
  • May 17 â€" Wilfrid Mellers, 94, British musicologist and composer
  • May 21 â€" Siegmund Nissel, 86, Austrian violinist
  • May 23 â€" Utah Phillips, 73 (heart disease), American folk singer-songwriter
  • May 24 â€" Jimmy McGriff, 72 (multiple sclerosis), American jazz organist
  • May 25 â€" Camu Tao, 30 (lung cancer), rapper
  • May 26 â€" Earle Hagen, 88, American composer
  • May 28 â€" Danny Moss, 80, British jazz saxophonist
  • May 30
    • Campbell Burnap, 68 (cancer), British jazz trombonist and broadcaster
    • Nat Temple, 94, British big band leader

June

  • June 1 â€" Al Jones, 62, British folk musician
  • June 2 â€" Bo Diddley, 79 (heart failure), American rock and roll and blues singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • June 4 â€" Bill Finegan, 91, American jazz pianist and arranger
  • June 8 â€" Å aban Bajramović, 72 (heart attack), Serbian Romani musician
  • June 12 â€" Danny Davis, 83 (heart attack), American band leader
  • June 14
    • Jamelão, 95 (multiple organ failure), Brazilian samba singer
    • Esbjörn Svensson, 44, Swedish jazz pianist (Scuba diving accident)
  • June 16 â€" Margaret Kitchin, 94, Swiss pianist
  • June 17 â€" Cyd Charisse, 86 (heart attack), American dancer and actress
  • June 24 â€" Ira Tucker, 83 (cardiovascular disease), American gospel singer (The Dixie Hummingbirds)
  • June 27
    • Raymond Lefèvre, 78, French easy listening musician
    • Daihachi Oguchi, 84 (car accident), Japanese drummer
    • Leonard Pennario, 83 (Parkinson's disease), American pianist
  • June 30 â€" Ángel Tavira, 83 (kidney complications), Mexican violinist and composer

July

  • July 1 â€" Mel Galley, 60 (esophagus cancer), British guitarist (Whitesnake, Trapeze, Finders Keepers and Phenomena)
  • July 2 â€" Natasha Shneider, 52 (cancer), Russian keyboardist and vocalist
  • July 3
    • Harald Heide-Steen Jr., 68 (lung cancer), Norwegian actor, comedian and jazz singer
    • Oliver Schroer, 52 (leukemia), Canadian fiddler and composer
  • July 6 â€" Bobby Durham, 71, American jazz drummer
  • July 7 â€" Hugh Mendl, 88, British record producer
  • July 13 â€" Gerald Wiggins, 86, American jazz pianist
  • July 16 â€" Jo Stafford, 90 (congestive heart failure), American singer
  • July 18
    • Tauno Marttinen, 95, Finnish composer
    • Dennis Townhill, 83, British organist and composer
  • July 20 â€" Artie Traum, 65, American folk musician and composer
  • July 22 â€" Joe Beck, 62 (lung cancer), American jazz guitarist
  • July 24 â€" Norman Dello Joio, 95, American composer
  • July 25
    • Hiram Bullock, 52 (throat cancer), American jazz fusion guitarist
    • Johnny Griffin, 80 (heart attack), American jazz saxophonist
  • July 27 â€" Horst Stein, 80, German conductor
  • July 28 â€" Wendo Kolosoy, 83, Congolese rumba musician
  • July 31 â€" Lee Young, 94, American jazz drummer and singer

August

  • August 3
    • Erik Darling, 74, American folk musician
    • Louis Teicher, 83, American pianist
  • August 4 â€" Nicola Rescigno, 92, Italian American conductor
  • August 5
    • Robert Hazard, 59, American songwriter
    • Reg Lindsay, 79, Australian country music singer
  • August 10
    • Isaac Hayes, 65, American rhythm and blues musician
    • Alexander Slobodyanik, 66, Ukrainian pianist
  • August 11 â€" Don Helms, 81, American steel guitarist
  • August 12 â€" Donald Erb, 81, American composer
  • August 14 â€" Lita Roza, 82, British singer
  • August 15 â€" Jerry Wexler, 91, American producer
  • August 16
    • Dorival Caymmi, 94, Brazilian singer-songwriter
    • Ronnie Drew, 73, Irish folk musician (The Dubliners)
    • Johnny Moore, 70, Jamaican trumpeter (The Skatalites)
  • August 18 â€" Pervis Jackson, 70, American R&B singer (The Spinners)
  • August 19 â€" LeRoi Moore, 46, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band)
  • August 20 â€" Phil Guy, 68, American blues guitarist
  • August 21
    • Jerry Finn, 39, American record producer
    • Buddy Harman, 79, American session drummer
  • August 25 â€" Pehr Henrik Nordgren, 64, Finnish composer
  • August 31 â€" Jerry Reed, 71, American country musician

September

  • September 2 â€" Arne Domnérus, 83, Swedish jazz saxophonist
  • September 6 â€" Nicole Lai, 34 (skin cancer), Singaporean singer
  • September 7
    • Christian Dudek, 42, German drummer (Sodom)
    • Dino Dvornik, 44, Croatian singer, songwriter and music producer
    • Peter Glossop, 80, British opera singer
  • September 8
    • Bheki Mseleku, 53 (diabetes-related), jazz musician
    • Jason Stuart, 39, British keyboardist (Hawkwind)
    • Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan, 73, Indian violinist
    • Hector Zazou, 60, French composer and producer
  • September 10 â€" Vernon Handley, 77, British conductor
  • September 12
    • Marjorie Thomas, 85, British contralto
    • Charlie Walker, 81, American country musician
  • September 15 â€" Richard Wright, 65, British keyboardist (Pink Floyd)
  • September 16
    • Norman Whitfield, 68, American songwriter and producer
    • Andrei Volkonsky, 75, Russian (émigré/defector) composer, conductor and harpsichordist
  • September 18
    • Opal Courtney Jr, 71, American R&B/doo-wop singer (The Spaniels)
    • Mauricio Kagel, 76, Argentine composer
  • September 19
    • Earl Palmer, 84, American drummer, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    • Dick Sudhalter, 70, American jazz trumpeter and critic
  • September 20 â€" Nappy Brown, 78, American blues singer
  • September 22 â€" Connie Haines, 87, American singer
  • September 24 â€" Vice Vukov, 72, Croatian singer
  • September 25 â€" HoraÈ›iu Rădulescu, 66, Romanian composer
  • September 26
    • Bernadette Greevy, 68, Irish mezzo-soprano
    • Yonty Solomon, 71, South African pianist

October

  • October 1 â€" Nick Reynolds, 75, American folk musician
  • October 3 â€" Johnny "J", 39, American songwriter, music producer and rapper
  • October 4
    • Levi Kereama, 27, Australian musician
    • Alfred Gallodoro, 95, American jazz musician
  • October 9 â€" Gidget Gein, 39, American bassist (Marilyn Manson)
  • October 10
    • Alton Ellis, 70, Jamaican rocksteady musician
    • Dave Wright, 64 (The Troggs)
  • October 11
    • Russ Hamilton, 78, British singer
    • Neal Hefti, 85, American jazz trumpeter and composer
  • October 13 â€" Gus Chambers, 52, British vocalist
  • October 15 â€" Frankie Venom, 51, Canadian vocalist (Teenage Head)
  • October 17 â€" Levi Stubbs, 72, American vocalist (The Four Tops)
  • October 18
    • Peter Gordeno, 69, Burmese singer
    • Dave McKenna, 78, American jazz pianist
    • Dee Dee Warwick, 63, American soul singer
  • October 24 â€" Merl Saunders, 74, American musician
  • October 27 â€" Ray Ellis, 85, American musician
  • October 29 â€" Mike Baker, 45, American singer (Shadow Gallery)
  • October 31 â€" Frank Navetta, 46, American punk rock guitarist (Descendents)

November

  • November 1
    • Jack Reno, 72, American country singer
    • Jimmy Carl Black, 70, American drummer (The Mothers of Invention)
    • Nathaniel Mayer, 64, American R&B singer
  • November 4
    • Alan Hazeldine, 60, Scottish conductor and pianist
    • Byron Lee, 73, Jamaican musician
  • November 7 â€" Jody Reynolds, 75, American singer
  • November 10 â€" Miriam Makeba, 76, South African singer
  • November 12 â€" Mitch Mitchell, 61, British drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
  • November 22 â€" MC Breed, 37, American rapper
  • November 23 â€" Richard Hickox, 60, British conductor
  • November 24
    • Michael Lee, 39, British drummer (The Cult)
    • Kenny MacLean, 52, Canadian bassist (Platinum Blonde)
  • November 26 â€" Pekka Pohjola, 56, Finnish composer
  • November 30 â€" Munetaka Higuchi, 49, Japanese drummer (Loudness)

December

  • December 2 â€" Odetta, 77, American folk musician
  • December 9
    • Steve Isham, 56, American keyboardist (Autograph)
    • Dennis Yost, 65, American vocalist (Classics IV)
  • December 14 â€" Jay E. Welch, American Musician
  • December 15
    • Davey Graham, 68, British guitarist
    • Sandeé, 46, Freestyle singer (Exposé) (Seizure)
  • December 17
    • John Sean Byrne, 61, Irish guitarist (Count Five)
    • Feliciano Vierra Tavares, 88, American Musician
  • December 25
    • Eartha Kitt, 81, American singer and actress
    • Robert Ward, 70, American blues musician
  • December 27 â€" Roque Cordero, 91, composer
  • December 28 â€" Vincent Ford, 68, Jamaican reggae songwriter
  • December 29 â€" Freddie Hubbard, 70, American jazz trumpeter

See also



  • List of albums released in 2008
  • Timeline of musical events

References





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