Musicians Who Died on December 27

  • 1596 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), dies at 64
  • 1858 Alexandre Pierre François Boëly, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1880 Alessandro Nini, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • 1916 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, dies at 70
  • 1919 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, dies at 73
  • 1931 Peter C. Lutkin, American organist, composer (The Lord Bless You and Keep You), choral conductor, and educator (Northwestern University, 1891-1931)dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1931 Walter Courvoisier, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1944 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), dies at 77
  • 1953 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, dies at 59
  • 1978 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star - "In The Street"), dies in a car crash at 27
  • 1981 (Hoagland) "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer ("In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"; "Stardust"; "Two Sleepy People"), dies at 82
  • 1983 Walter Scott, American singer (Bob Kuban), murdered at 40
  • 1986 Lars-Erik Larsson, Swedish composer (God in Disguise (Förklädd gud, Op. 24); Linden), and pedagogue (Stockholm Conservatory; Uppsala University), dies of complications from diabetes at 78
  • 1991 Edward M Love, American Broadaway dancer and choreographer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1995 Shura Cherkassky, American classical pianist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Johnny Heartsman [Eastman], American R&B, soul and electric blues session musician and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 60
  • 1997 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, dies at 57
  • 1997 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, dies at 73
  • 2000 Jack McVea, American swing jazz, and R&B clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader, dies at 86
  • 2004 (Walter) "Hank" Garland, American Nashville-based country, rock and jazz session guitar virtuoso ("Sugarfoot Rag"; "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame"; "Jingle Bell Rock"), dies of complications from a staph infection at 74
  • 2008 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs; Delaney & Bonnie), dies at 69
  • 2015 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), dies at 63
  • 2015 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats ("Friday On My Mind"), dies at 68
  • 2019 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), dies at 88
  • 2019 Art Sullivan [Marc Liénart van Lidth de Jeude], Belgian pop singer-songwriter ("Un océan de caresses"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2019 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble), dies at 76