On This Day

Deaths in Music on January 16

  • 1703 Matteo Coferati, composer, dies at 64
  • 1817 Antonín Volánek, Czech organist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1864 Anton Schindler, German violinist and biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68
  • 1886 Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51
  • 1891 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit, Lakmé), dies at 54
  • 1901 Jules Barbier, French opera librettist (b. 1825)
  • 1919 Jaroslav Jeremiáš, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 19
  • 1920 Reginald De Koven, American composer, dies at 60
  • 1934 Annie Patterson, Irish composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 Richard Wetz, German composer (Requiem Op. 50 in B minor), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 1957 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1961 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, dies at 54
  • 1963 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • 1963 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1969 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 1972 David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52

  • 1974 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1975 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cin Symph 1958), dies at 61
  • 1979 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71
  • 1995 William Dillard, trumpeter/singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Marcia Davenport, American author and music critic (b. 1903)
  • 1996 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), dies at 49
  • 1997 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • 1998 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • 2000 Will "Dub" Jones, American singer (The Coasters), dies at 71
  • 2001 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2002 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • 2004 John Siomos, American rock drummer, dies at 56
  • 2007 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2012 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • 2012 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • 2017 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, dies at 70
  • 2018 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), dies at 69
  • 2019 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94