On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 29

  • 1558 Hermann Finck, German composer, dies at 31
  • 1630 Johannes Stalpaert van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer, pastor and lyricist, dies at 51
  • 1785 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer, dies at 69
  • 1822 Albert Christoph Dies, German painter, engraver and biographer, dies at 67
  • 1825 Giuseppe Maria Gioacchino Cambini, composer, dies
  • 1835 Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, French composer, dies at 29
  • 1836 Johann Baptist Schenk, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1847 William Crotch, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1871 Ferdinand Marcucci, Italian harpist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1898 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1915 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1952 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1958 Doris Humphrey, US dancer/choreographer (Dances of Women), dies at 63
  • 1959 Robin Humphrey Milford, composer, dies at 56
  • 1964 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Kusaku Yamada, Japanese composer and conductor, dies at 79

  • 1965 Kōsaku Yamada, Japanese composer (Nagauta Symphony), and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1967 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • 1970 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • 1972 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83
  • 1979 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), dies at 61
  • 1980 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • 1984 Leo Robin, American songwriter ("Thanks For the Memory"; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1986 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree; New Guinea Patrol), dies at 82
  • 1993 Yvonne Desportes, French composer (Seven Abstract Poems), dies at 86 [1]
  • 1994 Eugene Tanner Jr, singer, dies at 58
  • 1995 Schlomo Joffe, Polish-Israeli folk and classical musician and composer, dies at 86
  • 1996 Mireille Hartuch, singer/songwriter, dies at 90
  • 2001 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2008 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 91
  • 2011 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • 2013 Wojciech Kilar, Polish classical (Missa Pro Pace), and film score composer (Bram Stoker's Dracula; The Pianist), dies from cancer at 81
  • 2013 Leonard "Red" Balaban, American jazz tuba and sousaphone player, dies at 84
  • 2014 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • 2020 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), dies at 90 [1] [2]
  • 2020 Phyllis McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 89