On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 10

  • 1618 Giulio Caccini, Italian composer buried at 67
  • 1665 Tarquinio Mercula, composer, dies
  • 1770 Theophil "Gottlieb" Muffat, German court organist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1805 Friedrich Franz Hurka, composer, dies at 43
  • 1826 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, composer, dies at 68
  • 1833 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer, dies at 79
  • 1877 Federico Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1888 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, dies at 79
  • 1910 Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer, dies at 76
  • 1921 Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
  • 1938 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, dies at 35
  • 1939 Wilhelm Grosz, composer, dies at 45
  • 1965 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • 1966 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer & educator, dies at 65
  • 1967 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Carl Cunningham, American drummer (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), killed in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 19

  • 1967 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18

Person of interestOtis Redding

1967 Otis Redding, American soul singer-songwriter ("Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"; "Respect"), dies in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 26

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • 1967 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • 1967 Ron Caldwell, American soul and R&B keyboardist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 18
  • 1969 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • 1969 Leigh Harline, American composer and conductor, dies at 62
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • 1986 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 1987 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • 1991 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1992 Bernard Reichel, Swiss composer, dies at 91
  • 1993 Alice Tully, American singer and patroness (Carnegie Hall), dies at 91
  • 1994 George G F van Renesse, concert pianist/music director, dies at 85
  • 1994 Robert Blum, Swiss composer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Darren Robinson, singer, dies at 28
  • 1996 Faron Young, American country singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), commits suicide at 64
  • 1996 John Duffey, bluegrass guitarist, dobro, and mandolin player (Country Gentlemen), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1999 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • 2007 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • 2008 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Henning Christiansen, Danish experimental composer, dies at 76
  • 2013 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83