On This Day

Deaths in Music on December 8

  • 1785 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer, dies at 68
  • 1874 Franz Wilhelm Ferling, German oboist and composer (48 études for oboe) dies at 78
  • 1900 Henry Russell, composer, dies at 87
  • 1923 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and 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, Scottish composer (The Weird of Colbar; Echoes of Perthshire), dies at 71
  • 1967 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • 1969 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • 1974 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), dies at 62
  • 1975 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)

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

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Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

  • 1981 Big Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 1982 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • 1984 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • 1988 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), dies at 44
  • 1990 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • 1991 [Wilbur] Buck Clayton, American jazz trumpet player and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 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 Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gale while performing on stage at 38
  • 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
  • 2011 Dick Sims, American Hammond B-3 organist (Bob Seger; Eric Clapton), dies of cancer at 60
  • 2013 Sándor Szokolay, Hungarian composer and pedagogue, dies at 82
  • 2014 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, dies at 99
  • 2015 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • 2015 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), dies at 91
  • 2019 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21
  • 2020 Harold Budd, American avant-garde ambient pianist and composer (The Pavilion of Dreams), dies of Covid-19 at 84 [1]