On This Day

Year 2020 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • 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]
  • Nov 2 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, dies of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at 83
  • Nov 4 Ken Hensley, English songwriter and rock keyboardist (Blackfoot, Uriah Heep), dies at 75
  • Nov 6 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • Nov 7 Cándido Camero, Cuban American percussionist (congo drum) and bandleader, dies at 99 [1]
  • Nov 14 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, dies at 88 [1]
  • Nov 23 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), dies at 67
  • Dec 3 Noah Creshevsky, American electroacoustic composer, dies of cancer at 75
  • Dec 4 Bassam Sabam, Lebanese violinist, oud, and nay player (New York Arabic Orchestra; Silk Road Ensemble), dies of Covid-19 complications at 62 [1]
  • Dec 6 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), dies of Covid-19 at 77
  • Dec 8 Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), dies of Covid-19 at 84 [1]
  • Dec 12 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), dies of Covid-19 complications at 86 [1]
  • Dec 20 Fanny Waterman, English concert pianist & teacher (Leeds International Piano Competition), dies at 100 [1]
  • Dec 21 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), dies at 78 [1]
  • Dec 23 Leslie West [Weinstein], American rock guitarist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"; "Theme for an Imaginary Western"), dies of cardiac arrest at 75 [1]
  • Dec 24 Ivry Gitlis, Israeli classical violin virtuoso, dies at 98
  • Dec 25 Tony Rice, American bluegrass guitarist (J.D. Crowe and the New South), dies at 69 [1]
  • Dec 25 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 28 Armando Manzanero, Mexican composer and singer (It’s Impossible, Adoro), dies at 86 [1]
  • Dec 29 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), dies at 90 [1] [2]
  • Dec 29 Phyllis McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 89