On This Day

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 opera singer 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, composer, dies at 60

Person of interestRicky Nelson

1985 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American 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

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • 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 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 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 and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2011 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77

Person of interestNatalie Cole

2015 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • 2018 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), dies from complications relating to Parkinson's disease at 72 [1]