Musicians Who Died on December 31

  • 1647 Giovanni Maria Trabaci, composer, dies
  • 1802 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, composer, dies at 53
  • 1809 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer, dies at 75
  • 1818 Jean-Pierre Duport, French composer, dies at 77
  • 1848 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, dies at 69
  • 1859 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1877 Alberto Mazzucato, composer, dies at 64
  • 1916 Ernst Rudorff, composer, dies at 76
  • 1941 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • 1950 Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • 1954 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75
  • 1958 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1960 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1968 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
  • 1968 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian operatic bass buffo singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1940-62), and actor (Merry Andrew; Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1970 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Alchemist), dies at 91
  • 1975 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47
  • 1981 Frantisek Chaun, Czech pianist, composer, painter, and actor, dies at 60

Ricky NelsonRicky Nelson (1940-1985)

American pop-Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

  • 1986 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, dies at 63
  • 1991 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist (Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), dies at 83
  • 1995 Eduardo Hernández Moncada, Mexican composer and pianist, dies at 96
  • 1996 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2000 Eddy Shaver, American country-rock guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heroin overdose at 38
  • 2000 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies of heart failure at 82
  • 2002 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2005 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies of cancer at 73
  • 2007 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor (The Man Without A Past), and art-rock bassist and singer (Motelli Skronkle), dies at 51
  • 2009 Earl Gaines, American R&B, soul, and electric blues singer (It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)), dies at 74
  • 2011 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole (1950-2015)

American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

  • 2018 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), dies from complications relating to Parkinson's disease at 72 [1]
  • 2018 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), dies at 92
  • 2019 Christian Kellens, Belgian jazz trombonist, dies at 94
  • 2021 Juraj Filas, Slovak composer (Oratio Spei (Prayer of Hope)), dies of Covid-19 at 66