On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 23

  • 1688 Jean-Louis Lully, French composer and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 21
  • 1696 Johann David Mayer, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1793 Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (Antonio e Cleopatra), dies at 74
  • 1812 Michel-Richard Delalande, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1891 Holger Simon Paulli, Danish conductor and composer, dies at 81
  • 1908 Eduard Wachmann, Romanian composer, dies at 72
  • 1908 Francois A. Gevaert, Belgium Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • 1911 Karl Hoschna, Bohemian born Tin Pan Alley-era composer (Every Little Movement), dies at 34
  • 1950 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), dies at 72
  • 1951 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, dies at 72
  • 1964 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 1967 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • 1970 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • 1971 Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • 1982 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1985 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".

  • 1989 Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • 1992 Eddie Hazel, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42
  • 1994 Charles Shirley, jazz arranger, dies at 74
  • 1996 Rina Ketty [Cesarina Picchetto], Italian singer (J'attendrai), dies at 85
  • 1996 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, dies at 69
  • 1996 Krešimir Fribec, Croatian composer, dies at 88
  • 1999 Marcel Landowski, French composer (Un enfant appelle), dies at 84

Person of interestVictor Borge

2000 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 2000 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), dies at 74
  • 2006 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, dies at 54

Person of interestOscar Peterson

2007 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 2013 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • 2013 Ricky Lawson, American musician, dies at 59
  • 2014 Jerzy Semkow, Polish-French conductor and educator, dies at 86
  • 2016 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, dies at 65
  • 2018 Honey Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), dies at 75
  • 2020 Leslie West [Weinstein], American rock guitarist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"; "Theme for an Imaginary Western"), dies of cardiac arrest at 75 [1]