Deaths in Music on December 8

  • 1785 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer, dies at 68
  • 1900 Henry Russell, composer, dies at 87
  • 1923 Dom Joseph Pothier, French Benedictine/musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1924 Franz X Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
  • 1934 Bernhard Seklas, composer, dies at 62
  • 1939 Ernest Schelling, American composer and conductor (Victory Ball), dies at 63
  • 1945 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), dies at 69
  • 1956 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76
  • 1961 William Beatton Moonie, composer, dies at 78
  • 1967 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • 1969 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)

Person of interestJohn Lennon

1980 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
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  • 1982 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1982 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • 1984 Razzle, English Musician and drummer for Hanoi Rocks (b.1960)
  • 1988 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • 1990 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • 1994 Antônio Carlos Jobim [Tom Jobim], Brazilian singer-songwriter and composer (Getz/Gilberto), dies from pulmonary embolism at 67
  • 2003 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • 2006 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
  • 2011 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • 2015 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2015 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91