Musicians Who Died on January 29

  • 1597 Elias Ammerbach, German organist dies at about 67
  • 1929 La Goulue [Louise Weber], French can-can dancer (Moulin Rouge), known as the Queen of Montmartre, dies at 62
  • 1942 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, Czech-Italian conductor and composer, dies at 92
  • 1946 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), dies at 84
  • 1962 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), dies at 86
  • 1965 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • 1965 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • 1966 Pierre Mercure, Canadian composer, dies in an accident at 38
  • 1967 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • 1973 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • 1980 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85

Jimmy Durante

1980 Jimmy Durante, American actor, comedian and singer known as "the schnozzola" (The Durante-Moore Show, Jimmy Durante Show), dies of pneumonia at 86

  • 1981 (William Randolph) "Cozy" Cole, American jazz drummer ("Topsy I"; "Topsy II"), and educator, dies of cancer at 71
  • 1987 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, dies at 73
  • 1988 Bantcho Bantchevsky, Bulgarian-American singer, commits suicide during a performance of at the Metropolitan Opera at 81
  • 1988 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 46
  • 1992 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • 1993 Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies at 65
  • 1995 Chris de Marigny, British dance administrator, dies at 52
  • 1995 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • 1999 Lili St. Cyr [Marie Van Schaack], American dancer and strip tease performer, dies at 80
  • 2005 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2005 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 2006 Nam June Paik, Korean avant-garde composer, and video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), dies at 73
  • 2008 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • 2009 (Bennie Ross) "Hank" Crawford, American saxophonist, arranger and songwriter (Help Me Make It Through the Night), dies of complications from a stroke at 74
  • 2009 John Martyn [Iain McGeachy], British folk-rock-blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("May You Never"), dies due to acute respiratory distress syndrome at 60
  • 2011 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), dies at 94
  • 2012 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • 2015 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • 2016 Alden Ashforth, American composer and professor of ethnomusicology, dies at 82
  • 2016 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, dies at 90
  • 2019 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), dies of brain cancer at 66
  • 2021 Grady Gaines, American jazz, blues, and R&B tenor saxophonist (Little Richard; Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson), dies at 86
  • 2021 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 77
  • 2021 Jeremy Lubbock, British Grammy Award-winning pianist, arranger, and music producer (Joni Mitchell; Minnie Riperton; Chicago, Celine Dion), dies at 89
  • 2021 Peter Klatzow, South African pianist, composer (Inyanga; Still-life with Moonbeams), and educator, dies at 76
  • 2022 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds; Howlin' Wolf; Bob Dyan; Paul Butterfield), dies of heart issues at 86