On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 22

  • 1599 Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1700 Jacob Balthasar Schutz, composer, dies at 39
  • 1781 Johann Siebenkas, composer, dies at 66
  • 1796 Bernhard Hupfeld, composer, dies at 78
  • 1847 Georges-Julien Sieber, French music publisher and composer, dies at 71
  • 1852 George Rodwell, English composer, dies at 51
  • 1861 Giovanni Battista Velluti, Italian castrato singer 'the last great castrato', dies at 80
  • 1868 Moritz Ganz, German composer and cellist, dies at 61
  • 1893 Vincenz Lachner, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1895 Edward Solomon, English composer, dies at 39
  • 1914 Frederik Rung, Danish composer, dies at 60
  • 1916 Iwan Knorr, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1945 Carlo Felice Boghen, composer, dies a day before 76th birthday
  • 1951 Eastwood Lane, American composer, dies at 71
  • 1964 Marc Blitzstein, American composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58

  • 1994 Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas, American singer (If?) and character actor (Kojak, On Her Majesty's Secret Service), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 1994 Rhett Forrester, American singer (Riot) (b. 1956)
  • 1995 Christopher Francis Palmer, British composer, orchestrator, and musicologist, dies of AIDS complications 48
  • 1997 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • 1997 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • 1997 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 1997 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), committed suicide at 39
  • 2002 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2002 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • 2004 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), dies at 87
  • 2004 Ann Miller [Johnnie Lucille Collier], American actress, dancer, and singer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • 2005 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, dies at 88
  • 2008 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, dies at 80
  • 2010 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 2017 Pete Overend Watts, English bass guitar player (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies from throat cancer at 69
  • 2017 Jaki Liebesit, German rock drummer (Can), dies at 78
  • 2021 James Purify, American R&B singer ("I'm Your Puppet"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 76