Musicians Who Died on August 20

  • 1707 Nicolas Gigault, French Baroque organist and composer, dies at about 80
  • 1799 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, German composer, dies at 37
  • 1813 Jan Krtitel Vanhal, Czech organist, cellist, and composer, dies at 74
  • 1813 Johann Baptist Wanhal [Jan Křtitel Vaňhal], Czech organist, cellist, composer, and teacher, dies at 74
  • 1825 Richard Wainwright, composer and church organist, dies at 68
  • 1856 Philipp Jakob Riotte, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1908 Louis Varney, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1910 Arthur Coquard, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1931 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer, dies at 64
  • 1932 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer, dies at 87
  • 1932 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Otakar Ostrčil, Czech composer (Křížova cesta - Way of the Cross), and conductor (National Theater, 1920-35), dies at 56
  • 1948 David John de Lloyd, Welsh musician composer, dies at 65
  • 1960 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • 1974 Ilona Massey [Hajmássy], Hungarian-American film, stage, and radio actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1978 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • 1980 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
  • 1986 Thad Jones, American jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1991 Betty Bowden, British dancer and actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1995 John Gilmore, American jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, percussionist, and bandleader (Sun Ra Arketsra), dies of emphysema at 63
  • 1995 Orville "Red" Rhodes, American session pedal steel guitarist, dies at 64
  • 1995 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • 1996 Rio Reiser, German rock singer ("Ton Steine Scherben"), dies at 46
  • 1998 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer ("Seven Lonely Days"), dies at 82
  • 1999 Bobby Sheehan, American bassist (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 2005 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish heavy metal drummer, dies of heart failure at 34
  • 2006 Claude Blanchard, French Canadian singer, comedian and actor, dies at 74
  • 2009 Larry Knechtel, American session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 2013 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist, and radio host (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2013 Richard Angas, British operatic bass singer (English National Opera, 1980-2000), dies at 71
  • 2015 Piotr Warzecha, Polish composer, dies at 74
  • 2016 Irving Fields [Yitzhak Schwartz], American lounge pianist and composer (Ilona Massey Show; Bagels & Bongos), dies at 101
  • 2016 Matt Roberts, American rock guitarist (3 Doors Down - "When I'm Gone"), dies of prescription drug overdose at 38
  • 2017 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), dies at 95
  • 2017 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89
  • 2018 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), dies of polio complications at 82
  • 2020 Frankie Banali, American heavy metal drummer (Quiet Riot - "Cum on Feel the Noize"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 68
  • 2021 Tom T. Hall, American country singer, songwriter ("Harper Valley PTA"), and author, dies at 85