Musicians Who Died on December 2

  • 1763 Carl August Thielo, composer, dies at 56
  • 1774 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court) composer and organist, dies at 54
  • 1831 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1845 Johann "Giovanni" Simon Mayr, German composer and music director (Cathedral of Bergamo, 1802-45), dies at 82
  • 1880 Josephine Lang, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1888 Franz Xaver Witt, German church musician, composer, and priest, dies at 54
  • 1903 Victor Roger, composer, dies at 50
  • 1915 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • 1916 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1923 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Julio Garreta, composer, dies at 50

Vincent d'IndyVincent d'Indy (1851-1931)

French composer (Symphony on a French Mountain Air), dies at 80

  • 1933 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1942 Karen Jønsson née (Pedersen), Danish jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and actress, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • 1950 Constantin "Dinu" Lipatti, Romanian classical pianist and composer, dies of Hodgkins disease complications at 33
  • 1972 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • 1979 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1980 Richard Pindle Hammond, American composer dies at 83
  • 1981 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • 1981 Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), dies at 86
  • 1982 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • 1982 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1983 Fifi D'Orsay [Yvonne Lussier] Canadian-American vaudeville and film actress and singer known as the "French Bombshell" (The Life Jimmy Dolan; Dixie Jamboree), dies from cancer at 79

Desi ArnazDesi Arnaz (1917-1986)

Cuban-American singer ("Babalú"), bandleader, actor (I Love Lucy - "Ricky Riccardo"), and television producer (The Untouchables),r, dies of lung cancer at 69

  • 1988 Tata Giacobetti, Italian jazz singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra), dies at 66

Aaron CoplandAaron Copland (1900-1990)

American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 90

  • 1997 Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, dies in a car accident at 43
  • 1998 Bob Haggart, American dixieland, swing jazz, and session double bass player, and composer ("What's New?"), dies at 84
  • 1999 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2004 Alicia Markova, English ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), dies aged 94
  • 2004 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 2006 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • 2006 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2008 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2008 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 2009 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), dies at 64
  • 2014 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2015 John Charles Eaton, American composer, dies at 80