On This Day

Musicians Who Died on December 7

  • 1811 Ignaz Spangler, composer, dies at 54
  • 1823 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, German bassoonist, dies at 79
  • 1829 Johann Christoph Kienlen, German composer, dies at 45
  • 1834 Ludwig Schuncke, composer, dies at 23
  • 1839 Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek, composer, dies at 69
  • 1841 Johann Daniel Ferstenberg, American composer, dies at 83
  • 1867 Rudolf Viole, composer, dies at 42
  • 1870 Mykhailo Verbytsky, Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and composer (Prostachka; The State Anthem of Ukraine), dies at 55
  • 1899 Anton de Kontski [Antoni Kątski], Polish-American pianist and composer (Awakening Of The Lion), Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1913 José Marraco y Ferrer, Catalan church musician and composer, dies at 78
  • 1917 [Aloysius] Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist, and ballet composer (La Bayadère), dies at 91
  • 1941 Cecil Forsyth, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1948 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • 1960 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67

Peter Carl Goldmark

1977 Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (developed the 33-1/3 rpm LP phonograph record format), dies in a car accident at 77

  • 1980 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22
  • 1990 Dee Clark, American pop singer ("Raindrops"), dies at 52
  • 1990 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • 1998 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), dies at 90
  • 2004 Jerry Scoggins, American country singer ("The Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies at 91
  • 2006 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 90
  • 2008 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2008 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • 2012 Russ "Rusty" Thacker, American stage actor and singer, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2016 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2016 Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani singer (Vital Signs 1), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • 2017 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • 2021 Steve Bronski Scottish rock keyboard player (Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"), dies from smoke inhalation in a fire at his Soho flat at 61 [1]