On This Day

October 2020 in Music History

Deaths in Music


Person of interestEddie Van Halen

Oct 6 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), dies of throat cancer at 65 [1]

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • Oct 6 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 8 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 14 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Misérables), dies at 95 [1]
  • Oct 15 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), dies of cancer at 74
  • Oct 16 Johnny Bush, American country singer, dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • Oct 19 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
  • Oct 21 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), dies at 107 [1]
  • Oct 26 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), dies of bone cancer at 92
  • Oct 28 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), dies of a stroke at 81
  • Oct 31 Rance Allen, American gospel singer and musician (Rance Allen Group - Miracle Worker), dies at 71
  • Oct 31 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American rapper and hip hop artist, dies at 49 [1]