Musicians Who Died on December 6

  • 1716 Benedictus Buns, Dutch Carmelite and composer (b. 1642)
  • 1746 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
  • 1865 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
  • 1867 Giovanni Pacini, Italian opera composer (Saffo), and educator, dies at 71
  • 1903 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54
  • 1920 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • 1943 Hermann Löhr, British composer, dies at 72
  • 1946 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63

Lead BellyLead Belly (1888-1949)

American blues 12-string guitarist (Rock Island Line), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 64

  • 1958 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1971 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • 1973 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • 1983 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • 1988 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Orbison, American rock singer-songwriter ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1989 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 1989 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, dies at 87
  • 1990 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus), dies from a heroin overdose at 42
  • 1991 Jack Hunter {John Averona], American big band vocalist (Elliot Lawrence Orchestra - "Apple Blossom Time"), dies at 72
  • 1992 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, dies at 93
  • 1995 Claire Polin, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1996 (John) Trevor Key, British photographer and graphic designer, known for his album cover art (Mike Oldfield; Phil Collins; New Order; OMD), dies of a brain tumor at 48
  • 1997 Eliot Daniel, American composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • 2003 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 2007 András Szőllősy, Hungarian composer, and musicologist (cataloged works of Béla Bartók), dies at 86
  • 2010 Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, dies at 108
  • 2011 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2013 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2015 Tony Gomez, British rock keyboardist (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), dies at 76
  • 2018 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • 2018 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • 2018 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), dies at 63
  • 2020 Petras Bingelis, Lithuania conductor, founder and artistic director (Kaunas State Choir, 1969-2020), dies of Covid-19 at 77
  • 2022 Hamish Kilgour, New Zealand drummer (The Clean - "Tally Ho!"), found dead 10 days after being reported missing at 65
  • 2022 Jim Stewart, American audio engineer, producer, and record label co-founder (Stax), dies at 92 [1]