On This Day

Deaths in Music on January 1

  • 1701 Pietro Sanmartini, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1753 Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1768 Jean-Laurent Krafft, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1777 Emanuele Barbella, Neapolitan composer, dies at 58
  • 1782 Johann Christian Bach (English Bach), German composer & 11th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, dies at 46
  • 1789 Christleib Siegmund Binder, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1816 Francois Alexander Sallantin, French composer, dies at 60
  • 1818 Fedele Fenaroli, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • 1850 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), dies at 76
  • 1906 Joseph Miroslav Weber, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • 1907 Cyrill Kistler, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1942 Jaroslav Ježek, Czechoslovakian composer, dies at 35
  • 1945 Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, dies at the front during WWII at 33
  • 1948 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 1948 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 73

Person of interestHank Williams

1953 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams

  • 1958 David Broekman, Dutch musican (Think Fast), dies at 55
  • 1964 Otto Olsson, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • 1965 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Moon Mullican, American hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock), dies at 58
  • 1972 Jane Morgan, American singer & actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • 1972 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor & singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1981 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian concert pianist, dies at 60
  • 1984 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), dies at 55
  • 1992 Constantin Poustochkine, Dutch jazz musician & critic, dies at 81
  • 1993 Phyllis Hill, American dancer & actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1995 Jess Stacy, American jazz pianist (Great Gatsby), dies at 90
  • 1995 Ted Hawkins, American singer & guitarist (The Next Hundred Years), dies of a stroke at 58
  • 1996 Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk singer, dies at 55
  • 1997 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1997 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer & musician, dies at 59
  • 2005 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • 2006 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 49
  • 2007 Julius Hegyi, American conductor, dies at 83
  • 2007 Del Reeves, American country singer, dies at 74
  • 2007 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • 2011 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer & conductor, dies at 85
  • 2012 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2012 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72

Person of interestPatti Page

2013 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American pop singer, dies at 85

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 2015 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • 2018 Robert Mann, American composer & violinist (String Quartet 1952), dies at 97