On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 1

  • 1651 Cristobal de Isla Diego, composer, dies at 65
  • 1707 Jeremiah Clarke, composer, dies
  • 1727 Johann Heinrich Buttstett, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1729 Christian Ludwig Boxberg, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1755 Maurice Greene, English composer, dies at 59
  • 1808 Anton Fischer, composer, dies at 30
  • 1813 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1817 Justin Heinrich Knechtl, composer, dies at 65
  • 1893 Eduard Franck, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1925 Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, dies at 54
  • 1926 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • 1932 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • 1939 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1945 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, dies at 64
  • 1950 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • 1951 Felix Petyrek, composer, dies at 59

  • 1954 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1958 Patricia "Boots" Mallory, American dancer and actress (Handle With Care), dies from chronic throat disease at 45
  • 1960 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, dies at 57
  • 1968 Dario Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer (b. 1921)
  • 1969 "Magic" Sam [Maghett], American blues guitarist ("Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1975 Nick Kenny, American columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • 1982 Dorothy James, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • 1986 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • 1986 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • 1989 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • 1989 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • 1993 Peter John Wood, British session and touring rock keyboardist, and songwriter, dies at 43
  • 1996 Irving Gordon, American songwriter ("Unforgettable"; "Me, Myself, And I"), dies of multiple myeloma cancer at 81
  • 1997 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • 1998 Albert de Klerk, Dutch organist, composer, and conductor, dies at 81
  • 2008 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), dies at 76
  • 2010 Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, dies at 79
  • 2012 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • 2013 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • 2013 Martin Sharp, Australian cartoonist, album cover artist songwriter (Cream), and filmmaker, dies of emphysema at 71
  • 2014 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88
  • 2016 Elisabeth Carron, American soprano ("The Saint of Bleecker Street"; New York City Opera, 1958-73), dies at 94