On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 22

  • 1738 Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1745 Jan Dismas Zelenka, Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • 1797 Giovanni Marco Rutini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1832 Ishmail Spicer, American composer, dies at 72
  • 1874 Johann Peter Pixis, German pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • 1875 Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov, composer, dies at 75
  • 1893 Benedikt Randhartinger, Austrian composer, dies at 91
  • 1923 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1939 Ma Rainey [Gertrude Pridgett], American singer "Mother of the Blues", dies at 53
  • 1941 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • 1944 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • 1950 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • 1950 Walter Damrosch, German-American conductor (New York Symphony, 1885-1928; commissioned Gershwin's Piano Concerto), and composer (The Man Without A Country), dies at 88
  • 1951 Powell Weaver, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1964 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • 1971 Fred Guy, American jazz banjo player and guitarist (Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra; Duke Ellington's Washingtonians), dies at 74

  • 1973 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • 1984 Viola Wells [Evans], American jazz, blues, and gospel singer, dies at 82
  • 1985 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1986 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1987 Leonidas Zoras, Greek conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
  • 1990 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • 1991 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • 1997 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • 2002 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • 2003 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • 2003 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • 2006 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, dies at 87
  • 2006 Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86

Person of interestJoe Cocker

2014 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies of lung cancer at 70

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  • 2015 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), dies at 70