Deaths in Music 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, 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 (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
  • 1985 Rick Nelson, singer/actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45
  • 1986 Lester Trimble, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1995 Eduardo Hernández Moncada, Mexican composer and pianist, dies at 96
  • 1996 Frederico Davia, opera singer, dies at 63
  • 1997 Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2000 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)
  • 2005 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies 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 vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
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