Deaths in Music on December 23

  • 1688 Jean-Louis Lully, French composer and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 21
  • 1696 Johann David Mayer, composer, dies at 60
  • 1793 Johann Adolph Hasse, German composer (b. 1699)
  • 1812 Michel-Richard Delalande, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1891 Holger Simon Paulli, composer, dies at 81
  • 1908 Eduard Wachmann, composer, dies at 72
  • 1908 Francois A Gevaert, Belg/Dutch composer (Diable au Moulin), dies at 68
  • 1911 Karl L Hoschna, composer, 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, composer, dies at 86
  • 1967 Richard Flury, composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Carlo Jachino, 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, singer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Ronnie Scott, musician/club-owner, dies at 69
  • 2000 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91
  • 2000 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela, Chann Way), dies at 74
  • 2006 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (b. 1952)

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