On This Day

Deaths in Music on January 15

  • 1744 Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer, dies at 72
  • 1755 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer, dies at 83
  • 1765 Carlmann Kolb, German composer and priest, dies at 61
  • 1775 Giovanni Battista Sammartini, composer, dies
  • 1788 Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
  • 1812 Johannes Herbst, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1816 Henry Harington, composer, dies at 88
  • 1844 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1864 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • 1904 Eduard Lassen, Belgian-Danish composer, dies at 73
  • 1909 Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1911 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1915 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 63
  • 1924 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, dies at 74
  • 1926 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 42
  • 1934 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70

  • 1953 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, dies at 76
  • 1961 Francesco Maria Saraceni, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • 1967 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1970 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), dies at 64
  • 1973 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1974 Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, dies at 76
  • 1978 Jack Jackson, British trumpeter, dance band leader, and influential BBC disc jockey, dies at 71
  • 1987 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • 1987 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • 1992 Dee Murray [David Murray Oates], English bassist (Elton John backing band), dies after a stroke at 45
  • 1993 Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1994 György Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • 1994 Harry Nilsson, American pop and rock singer-songwriter ("Everybody's Talkin'"; " One"; "Without You"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1994 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1995 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), dies at 61
  • 1996 Les Baxter, American exotica musician, orchestra leader and composer (Ritual Of The Savage, Born Again), dies at 73
  • 1998 Junior Wells, American blues singer (In My Younger Days), dies at 63
  • 2003 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, dies at 87
  • 2005 Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan operatic lyric soprano, dies at 81
  • 2005 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies of complications from pneumonia at 88
  • 2013 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), dies at 90
  • 2013 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, dies at 73 [1]
  • 2015 Kim Fowley, US record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • 2018 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries, Zombie, Linger), drowns in the bath at 46
  • 2018 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer (Oh Happy Day), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2019 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97