On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 13

  • 1622 Jan Campanus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1738 Gotthard Wagner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1793 Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer, dies at 63
  • 1812 Marianne Martinez, Austrian composer, dies at 68
  • 1898 George Frederick Bristow, American composer (Rip Van Winkle), dies at 72
  • 1919 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1929 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, dies at 42
  • 1942 Eleanor Everest Freer, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1951 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • 1962 Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)
  • 1963 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1968 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, dies at 52
  • 1981 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • 1992 Bernard Drukker, Dutch pianist/orchestra leader (duivelswiel), dies
  • 1995 Nancy LaMott, American singer, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1996 Mae Barnes, singer, dies at 89
  • 2001 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • 2002 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian rock guitarist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic?"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2005 Timothy Jordan II, American musician (The All American Rejects, Jonezetta) (b. 1981)
  • 2006 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), dies at 96 [or 101, or 92 - date of birth disputed]
  • 2009 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), dies from injuries after being struck by a car at 91
  • 2010 Enrique Morente, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, British keyboardist and vocalist (Barclay James Harvest), commits suicide at 63
  • 2012 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), dies at 77
  • 2014 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • 2016 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • 2017 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2018 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), dies at 81