On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 12

  • 1772 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, German composer, violinist, dies at 41
  • 1788 Joseph Gibbs, English composer and organist, dies at 88
  • 1812 John Malchair, German-born English artist, violinist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1836 Giuseppe Farinelli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1920 Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1927 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • 1933 Theodore Moses Tobani, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1951 Mildred Bailey, American jazz singer (b. 1907)
  • 1956 Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), dies of leukemia at 35
  • 1976 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • 1976 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 1978 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • 1985 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge; All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1985 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1987 Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), dies at 83

  • 1987 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • 1987 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1991 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • 1991 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1993 Mary Jarred, British mezzo-soprano and contralto singer (The Rake's Progress), dies at 94
  • 1995 Mary Bruce, American tap dance teacher, dies at 95
  • 1997 Irving "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies at 88
  • 2004 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), dies at 79
  • 2006 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 2007 Ike Turner, American musician (Ike and Tina Turner - A Fool in Love), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • 2011 John Gardner, English classical composer, dies at 94
  • 2013 Zbigniew Karkowski, Polish composer and experimental musician (Sensorband), dies of pancreatic cancer at 55
  • 2017 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), dies from ill health at 62
  • 2019 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • 2020 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), dies of Covid-19 complications at 86 [1]