Deaths in Music on January 17

  • 1103 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1604 Santino Garsi da Parma, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1625 Nicolò Rubini, Italian composer and cornettist, dies at 50
  • 1738 Jean-Francois Dandrieu, composer, dies
  • 1750 Tomaso Albinioni, Italian composer (Adagio in G Minor), dies at 78
  • 1751 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (Adagio in G-minor), dies at 79
  • 1788 Alessio Prati, Italian composer, dies at 37
  • 1826 Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Spanish composer (b. 1806)
  • 1856 Thomas Attwood Walmisley, composer, dies at 41
  • 1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • 1890 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1891 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74
  • 1892 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, dies at 27
  • 1913 Carl Baermann, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1942 Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • 1946 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, dies at 59

  • 1969 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • 1970 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 1970 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1972 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1984 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • 1992 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1994 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994 Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/sax, dies at 84
  • 1996 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • 1996 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 2000 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 2003 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 2011 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • 2012 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes], US R&B musician, producer, and talent scout ("godfather of rhythm and blues"), dies at 90
  • 2012 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2013 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86