Musicians Who Died on December 5

  • 1663 Severo Bonini, Italian composer and monk, dies at 80
  • 1745 Christoph Förster, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1758 Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer, dies at 70

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Austrian musical prodigy and composer (The Marriage of Figaro; Jupiter Symphony), dies at 35

  • 1799 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • 1842 Marie-Jean Auguste Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1853 Johann Peter Heuschkel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1859 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
  • 1902 Henry Stephen Cutler, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1916 Hans Richter, Austrian-Hungarian composer, dies at 73
  • 1940 Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • 1953 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • 1963 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1972 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • 1977 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), dies of a stroke at 42
  • 1986 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • 1987 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • 1989 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • 1992 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, dies at 80
  • 1993 Doug Hopkins, American guitarist and songwriter (Gin Blossoms), commits suicide using a pistol at 32
  • 1995 Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1996 Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
  • 1999 Robert Parris, American composer (Book of Imaginary Beings), dies at 75
  • 2002 Arvell Shaw, American jazz double-bassist (Louis Armstrong; Teddy Wilson), dies at 79
  • 2005 Danny Williams, British pop singer, known as "Britain's Johnny Mathis" ("Moon River"; "White on White"), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 2007 Andrew Imbrie, American contemporary classical composer, and pianist, dies at 86
  • 2007 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • 2008 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • 2012 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2014 Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Mexican pianist, conductor (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, 1954-72), and composer, dies at 90
  • 2014 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2017 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • 2021 Buddy Merrill [Leslie Behunin], American guitarist and steel guitar player (Lawrence Welk Show. 1955-74), dies at 85
  • 2021 John Miles, British vocalist and musician (John Miles Band - "Rebel"; "Zaragon"; Alan Parsons Project), dies at 72