Musicians Who Died 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, educator, and music theorist, 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, and music educator, dies at 73

Hank WilliamsHank Williams (1923-1953)

American country singer-songwriter ("Cold Cold Heart"; "Hey, Good Lookin'"; "Your Cheatin' Heart"), dies of an alcohol and painkiller fueled heart attack at 29

  • 1953 Ludomir Różycki, Polish composer and conductor (Eros i Psyche; Pan Twardowski), dies at 69
  • 1958 David Broekman, Dutch musician (Think Fast), dies at 55
  • 1964 Otto Olsson, Swedish organist (Gustaf Vasa Church, 1907-56), composer, and teacher (Royal Swedish Academy, 1908-45), dies at 84
  • 1965 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 (Aubrey) "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist, songwriter, and singer ("Seven Nights To Rock"), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1972 Maurice Chevalier, French actor (Can Can; Gigi) and singer ("Thank Heaven For Little Girls"), dies at 83
  • 1981 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian concert pianist, dies at 60
  • 1984 Alexis Korner, British blues revivalist, guitar player (Blues Incorporated - "Please Please Please Please"), and radio broadcaster, dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 1992 Constantin Poustochkine, Dutch jazz musician and critic, dies at 81
  • 1993 "Georgia" Tom [Dorsey], American blues and gospel pianist, songwriter ("Peace In The Valley"), and evangelist, dies at 93
  • 1993 Phyllis Hill, American stage and film dancer and 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-comic singer-songwriter ("Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice"), dies at 55
  • 1997 Hagood Hardy, American-Canadian jazz and easy listening pianist, vibraphonist and film score composer ("The Homecoming"), dies from lymphoma at 59
  • 1997 Townes Van Zandt, American singer-songwriter ("Pancho and Lefty"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2005 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • 2005 Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson, Icelandic pianist and avant-garde composer, dies at 79
  • 2006 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 49
  • 2007 Del Reeves, American country music singer, dies at 74
  • 2007 Julius Hegyi, American conductor, dies at 83
  • 2007 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • 2011 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), dies at 60
  • 2011 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 85
  • 2012 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • 2012 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86

Patti PagePatti Page (1927-2013)

American pop singer ("With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming"; "Tennessee Waltz"), dies at 85

  • 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
  • 2019 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 2020 Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue (Academy of Ancient Music), dies at 94
  • 2020 Tommy Hancock, American western swing fiddler and bandleader (Supernatural Family Band - "I Should Have Married Marie"; "Tacos for Two"), dies at 90
  • 2021 Misty Morgan, American country keyboardist (duo with Jack Blanchard - "Tennessee Bird Walk"), dies of cancer at 75