Deaths in Music on December 20

  • 1539 Johannes Lupi, Flemish composer
  • 1783 Antonio Francisco Jawer Jose Soler, Sp composer (Fandango), dies at 54
  • 1793 Joseph Legros, French singer and composer who was the most prominent haute-contres of his generation, dies at 54
  • 1799 David Traugott Nicolai, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1819 Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, French composer, dies at 50
  • 1821 Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, dies at 75
  • 1903 Gavriil Musicescu, composer, dies at 56
  • 1909 Benjamin Ipavec, composer, dies at 79
  • 1916 Manuel Giro, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • 1916 William Wallace Gilchrist, composer, dies at 70
  • 1942 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, dies at 63
  • 1954 Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80
  • 1962 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer, dies at 68
  • 1962 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75
  • 1963 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • 1968 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafta, dies at 84
  • 1973 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer (Mack the Knife), dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1974 Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • 1975 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • 1982 Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95
  • 1991 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1995 Adone Zecchi, Italian composer, dies at 91
  • 1999 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2004 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • 2008 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2012 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91