Deaths in Music on January 20

  • 1691 Christian de Placker, composer, dies at 77
  • 1789 Johann Christoph Oley, composer, dies at 50
  • 1798 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master, dies at 66
  • 1830 Michal Bogdanowicz, composer, dies at 50
  • 1838 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer, dies at 64
  • 1857 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, English composer, dies at 32
  • 1859 Bettina Brentano, composer, dies at 73
  • 1859 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), dies at 73
  • 1890 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1905 Stanislaw Pilinski, French pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1914 Emil Liebling, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • 1914 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer, dies at 80
  • 1943 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer, dies at 57
  • 1952 Arthur Farwell, American composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1975 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81

  • 1979 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer, dies at 53
  • 1985 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • 1989 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • 1990 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • 1990 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • 1996 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • 2002 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • 2009 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2012 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • 2013 Bob Engemann, American singer, (The Lettermen), dies at 77
  • 2014 Claudio Abbado, Italian composer and conductor (London Symph-1982), dies at 80
  • 2015 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • 2018 James "Jim" Rodford, English rock vocalist and bassist (The Kinks, Argent, Zombies), dies after a fall at 76