On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 29

  • 1597 Elias Ammerbach, German organist (b. 1530)
  • 1916 Edward Hubertus Joannes Keurvils, composer, dies at 62
  • 1924 Joseph Ludwig, composer, dies at 79
  • 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 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • 1965 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • 1966 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies 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
  • 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, US opera singer, commits suicide

  • 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 Kuldar Sink, Estonian composer, dies at 52
  • 1999 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Yutaka Makino, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • 2008 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • 2009 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • 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
  • 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 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 Hilton Valentine, British rock guitarist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"), dies at 77