Deaths in Music 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, composer, dies at 71
  • 1903 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54
  • 1920 Karel Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • 1933 Auguste Chapuis, French composer, dies at 75
  • 1943 Hermann Löhr, British composer, dies at 72
  • 1946 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63

Person of interestLead Belly

1949 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
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  • 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, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1989 Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • 1991 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1995 [Schaff] Claire Polin, composer, dies at 69
  • 1997 Eliot Daniel, 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)
  • 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