Deaths in Music in December 1996

  • Dec 1 Irving Gordon, songwriter, dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Peter Hall, folklorist/musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 5 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 9 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • Dec 10 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns), commits suicide at 34
  • Dec 10 John Duffey, bluegrass musician, dies at 62
  • Dec 13 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Francesco Siciliani, opera administrator, dies at 85
  • Dec 17 Irving Caesar, songwriter, dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Ruby Murray, singer, dies at 61
  • Dec 18 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • Dec 23 Rina Ketty, singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • Dec 31 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63