Musicians Who Died on January 12

  • 1674 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian organist, choral director, composer (Jephta), and priest, dies at 68-ish
  • 1735 John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)
  • 1765 Johann Melchior Molter, composer, dies at 68
  • 1829 Michael Gottard Fischer, composer, dies at 55
  • 1921 Gervase Elwes, English tenor (b. 1866)
  • 1933 Václav Suk, Czech-born Russian composer and violinist, dies at 71
  • 1934 Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)
  • 1950 Koos van de Griend, Dutch composer, dies at 44
  • 1953 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, dies at 82
  • 1956 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • 1958 Arthur Shepherd, American composer and conductor, dies from surgery complications at 77
  • 1962 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • 1983 (Anthony) "Rebop" Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (traffic, 1971-74), dies of cerebral hemorrhage during a performance in Stockholm, Sweden at 38
  • 1990 Paul Amadeus Pisk, Austrian-American composer, musicologist, and educator, dies at 96
  • 1998 Peter Jona Korn, German composer, dies at 75
  • 2001 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84
  • 2001 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Edward Staempfli, Swiss pianist, conductor, and composer, dies at 93

Maurice GibbMaurice Gibb (1949-2003)

English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and bassist (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), dies of cardiac arrest at 53

  • 2004 Randy VanWarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), dies of leukemia at 48
  • 2007 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda), dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • 2012 Sadao Bekku, Japanese classical and film composer (Matango), dies at 89
  • 2015 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • 2018 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), dies at 75
  • 2018 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 2019 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • 2022 Everett Lee, American violinist, and theater and classical conductor (Cosmopolitan Little Symphony, 1947-55; Norrkoping Symphony, 1962-72), dies at 105
  • 2022 Ronnie Spector [Veronica Bennett], American pop singer (The Ronettes -"Be My Baby"), dies of cancer at 78 [1]