On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 19

  • 1576 Hans Sachs, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1625 Erhard Buttner, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1795 Maria Teresa Agnesi, Italian harpsichodist, singer, and composer, dies at 74
  • 1805 Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1830 Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • 1833 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • 1839 Georg Abraham Schneider, German horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • 1893 Julius Eichberg, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1913 David Emlyn Evans, British composer, dies at 69
  • 1934 Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70
  • 1944 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71
  • 1951 Constantin C. Nottara, Romanian composer, dies at 60
  • 1969 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • 1971 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 1972 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • 1980 Richard Franko Goldman, American educator and composer, dies at 69
  • 1982 Elis Regina (Costa), Brazilian pop-samba-bossa nova singer ("Arrastão" - "Pull the Trawling Net"), dies from cardiac arrest after consuming alcohol, cocaine and tranquilizers at 36
  • 1983 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!), arranger, and record producer (Sinatra and Strings; My Way), dies at 57
  • 1987 Fred Lohse, German composer and educator, dies at 78
  • 1990 (Alberto) Semprini, British pianist and radio broadcaster (BBC's Semprini Serenade), dies at 81
  • 1992 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), dies at 60
  • 1995 Gene MacLellan, Canadian singer-songwriter ("Snowbird"; "Put Your Hand in the Hand"), takes his own life at 56
  • 1998 Carl Perkins, American rock and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), dies at 65

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2006 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer ("Funky Broadway"; "The Midnight Hour"), dies of a heart attack at 64

  • 2006 Thomas Christian David, Austrian flutist, conductor, choral director, and composer, dies at 80
  • 2007 Denny Doherty, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter (The Mamas and The Papas - "California Dreamin'"), dies from abdominal aortic aneurysm at 66
  • 2007 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • 2008 John Stewart, American pop-folk singer, guitsrist, banjo player (Kingston Trio, 1961-67), and songwriter ("Daydream Believer"), dies of a stroke at 68
  • 2012 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch ballet dancer an choreographer (Painted Birds) dies from lymphoma at 78
  • 2014 Udo Kasemets, Estonian-born Canadian composer, dies at 94
  • 2019 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • 2019 Ted McKenna, Scottish drummer (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band; Rory Gallagher), dies from surgery complication at 68
  • 2020 Jimmy Heath, American jazz saxophonist and composer, known as "Little Bird", dies at 93
  • 2020 Robert Parker, American saxophonist and soul singer ("Barefootin'"), dies at 89