On This Day

Musicians Who Died in December 2017

  • Dec 5 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Dec 7 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), dies from ill health at 62
  • Dec 13 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Dec 16 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), dies from heart failure at 89 [1]
  • Dec 17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist ("Double Rainbow"; "Pride And Joy"), dies of diabetes complications at 59 [1] [2]
  • Dec 18 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • Dec 21 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 25 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 28 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94