Musicians Who Died on January 17

  • 1103 Frutolf of Michelsberg, German monk, musicologist, and 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, French Baroque organist, harpsichord player, and composer, dies at about 56 [birth date uncertain]
  • 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, English organist, composer and educator (Cathedral Music), dies at 41
  • 1869 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • 1890 Salomon Sulzer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1891 Johannes Verhulst, Dutch composer and conductor, 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, African American composer, dies at 61
  • 1946 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1969 Grazyna Bacewicz, Polish composer and violinist, dies at 59
  • 1970 Billy Stewart, American singer ("I Do Love You"), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • 1970 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • 1984 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • 1985 Jimmy DeBerry, American blues guitarist, banjo player, and singer, dies at 73
  • 1990 Fritz "Freddie" Brocksieper, German big band jazz drummer, and bandleader, dies at 77
  • 1992 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993 Barbara Buczek, Polish pianist, composer (Anekumena – Concerto for 89 Instruments; Two Impressions), and teacher, dies at 53
  • 1994 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Mostafa Sid Ahmed, Sudanese singer (b. 1953)
  • 1996 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, dies at 54
  • 2000 Philip Jones, British classical trumpeter (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, 1951-86), and educator, dies at 71
  • 2001 Norris Turney, American jazz flute and saxophone player (Billy Eckstine, 1947-48; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1968-73), dies at 79
  • 2002 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 2003 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Zenobia Powell Perry, American composer (Tawawa House), educator, and civil rights activist, dies at 94
  • 2008 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2011 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • 2012 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2012 Johnny Otis [Ioannis Veliotes], American R&B musician, songwriter, producer and talent scout ("Willie and the Hand Jive"; "Cupid's Boogie"), known as "the godfather of rhythm and blues", dies at 90
  • 2013 Lizbeth Webb, English soprano, dies at 86
  • 2016 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies at 67
  • 2016 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 2017 Tibor Fátyol, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • 2019 Lajos Papp, Hungarian composer (Otoño (Autumn)), and educator, dies at 83
  • 2019 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), dies of heart failure at 82 [1]
  • 2021 Julian "Junior" Mance, American jazz pianist (Dinah Washington; Dizzy Gillespie), dies of a brain hemorrhage after a fall at 92