On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 16

  • 1673 Juan de Padilla, composer, dies at 68
  • 1781 Georg Simon Löhlein, German pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1783 Johann Adolf Hasse, Dutch operatic composer (Sesostrate), dies at 84
  • 1790 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1816 Vincenzo Galeotti [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73
  • 1833 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, dies at 55
  • 1852 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1861 Karol Joseph Lipinski, Polish composer and virtuoso violinist, dies at 71
  • 1870 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, dies at 31
  • 1914 Ivan Zajc, Croatian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1921 Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer (Samson et Dalila; Organ Symphony), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1923 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, dies at 50
  • 1927 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88
  • 1940 William Wallace, Scottish composer, dies at 80
  • 1950 Otto Vrieslander, German composer and musicologist, dies at 70
  • 1961 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer and teacher, dies at 61
  • 1961 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
  • 1965 Tito Schipa [Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa], Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • 1969 Leo Mathisen, Danish jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and bandleader, known as "The Lion" (Take It Easy; To Be Or Not To Be), dies at 63
  • 1977 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1978 Blanche Calloway, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, dies of breast cancer at 76
  • 1986 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), dies at 71

Sylvester James Jr.

1988 <a href="/people/sylvester-james-jr">Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

  • 1991 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • 1993 Charizma [Charles Hicks], American rapper, killed in a mugging at 20
  • 1994 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, dies of leukemia at 60
  • 1995 Nina Verchinina, dancer choreographer/teacher, dies at 85
  • 1997 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist (Lotta Love; Twins), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • 2001 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (The Skids, Big Country), dies at 43
  • 2003 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • 2005 Enzo Stuarti [Scapone], Italian-American pop tenor (That's A'Nice!), dies at 86
  • 2006 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • 2007 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98
  • 2013 Ray Price, American singer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2015 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91
  • 2017 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), dies from heart failure at 89 [1]