On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 11

  • 1831 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, dies at 55
  • 1857 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73
  • 1911 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, dies at 92
  • 1955 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51
  • 1964 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), shot to death at 33
  • 1967 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • 1967 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), dies at 75
  • 1975 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1983 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • 1992 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician ("I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)"), dies at 94
  • 1995 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • 1995 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 75
  • 1995 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, dies at 69
  • 1998 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), dies in a car accident at 30
  • 1999 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 58
  • 2002 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 80
  • 2004 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), dies at 88
  • 2007 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)

Person of interestRavi Shankar

2012 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
  • 2014 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85