On This Day

Year 2012 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • Sep 13 William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69

Person of interestAndy Williams

Sep 25 Andy Williams, American singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), dies from bladder cancer at 84

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Sep 27 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Sep 27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • Sep 30 César Bolaños, Peruvian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 7 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, dies at 88
  • Oct 18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Oct 27 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 27 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 4 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Nov 5 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • Nov 7 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), dies at 78
  • Nov 9 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), dies from congestive heart and lung failure at 65
  • Nov 18 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), dies of cancer at 74
  • Nov 24 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • Nov 27 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • Nov 27 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), dies at 86
  • Nov 28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), dies at 73
  • Dec 5 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91

Person of interestJenni Rivera

Dec 9 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • Dec 9 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85

Person of interestRavi Shankar

Dec 11 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Dec 13 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), dies at 77
  • Dec 20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • Dec 21 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), dies at 76
  • Dec 26 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), dies from a heart attack at 72