Deaths in Music on January 23

  • 1548 Bernardo Pisano, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1708 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)
  • 1805 Vaclav Pichl, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 1837 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
  • 1845 Francesco Ruggi, composer, dies at 77
  • 1864 Michele Puccini, composer, dies at 50
  • 1879 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • 1898 W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
  • 1908 Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
  • 1921 Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer, dies at 83
  • 1922 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 66
  • 1926 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine √Člisabeth), dies at 55
  • 1931 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • 1936 Dame Clara Butt, alto singer (Country of Hope & Glory), dies at 62
  • 1941 Dobri Khristov, composer, dies at 65
  • 1946 Feliks Nowowiejski, composer, dies at 68
  • 1964 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • 1973 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • 1976 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • 1977 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93
  • 1978 Terry Kath, American musician and songwriter (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • 1978 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • 1981 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

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1981 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

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  • 1984 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92
  • 1990 Allen Collins, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • 1993 Thomas A Dorsey, American jazz pianist (Take My Hand, Precious Lord), dies at 93
  • 1995 Bill Horton, American doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), dies at 65
  • 1997 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • 1997 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • 1999 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 2003 Nell Carter, American singer and actress (b. 1948)
  • 2016 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 2017 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • 2018 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • 2018 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52