On This Day

Deaths in Music 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, dies at 70
  • 1961 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer, 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
  • 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

Person of interestSylvester James Jr.

1988 Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

Singer-Songwriter Sylvester James Jr.
Singer-Songwriter
Sylvester James Jr.
  • 1991 Fred Scott, American vocalist and actor (Melody of the Plains, Vincent Lopez), dies at 89
  • 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]