Musicians Who Died on January 3

  • 1628 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • 1761 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist and composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • 1767 Luca Antonio Predieri, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 78
  • 1785 Baldassare Galuppi, Venetian composer (opera buffa), dies at 68
  • 1829 Robert Archibald Smith, Scottish composer, dies at 48
  • 1836 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; The Suffering Saviour), dies at 65
  • 1853 Theodor Uhlig, composer, dies at 30
  • 1858 Rachel Félix [Elisabeth "Eliza/Élisa"], French singer and actress (Muse), dies at 36
  • 1868 Moritz Hauptmann, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1873 John Lodge Ellerton, British classical composer (The Bridal of Triermain, Domenica), dies at 71
  • 1900 Edwin George Monk, English church organist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1907 Josef Foerster, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 73
  • 1914 Stephane Raoul Pugno, composer, dies at 62
  • 1945 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, dies at 68
  • 1951 [Ferdinand] Fred Barlow, French composer (Mam'zelle Prud'homme), dies at 69

Alexander GretchaninovAlexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956)

Russian-American Romantic composer, dies at 91

  • 1963 Oskar Back, Hungarian-Dutch violinist and pedagogue, dies at 83
  • 1967 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1973 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • 1975 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • 1975 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1976 Mateusz Glinski, Polish conductor, musicologist, and composer, dies at 83
  • 1980 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • 1985 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), dies at 93
  • 1986 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • 1990 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • 1992 Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79
  • 1992 Lewis Michael Friedman, American pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • 1995 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, dies at 68
  • 1997 Burton Lane, American film and stage composer and lyricist (Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • 1997 Cornelius Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 96
  • 1997 David Kraehenbuehl, American composer (March of the Trolls), pianist, teacher (Yale), and music theorist (Journal of Music Theory), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1997 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 2000 Harmonica Fats [Harvey Blackston], American blues session and touring harmonica player ("Tore Up"), dies at 72
  • 2002 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer (Missa Mundi), dies at 77
  • 2009 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • 2010 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, dies at 79
  • 2012 Bob Weston, British guitarist & songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found this date)
  • 2013 M S Gopalakrishnan, Indian Carnatic violinist, dies at 81

Phil EverlyPhil Everly (1939-2014)

American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

  • 2015 Ivan Jullien, French jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 2018 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • 2018 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, dies at 84
  • 2018 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 85
  • 2020 Bo Winberg, Swedish instrumental rock guitarist (The Spotnicks - "Hava Nagila"; "Amapola"; "Karelia"), dies at 80
  • 2021 Gerry Marsden, British rock vocalist (Gerry & Pacemakers - "How Do You Do It?"; "Ferry Cross The Mersey"), and TV personality, dies from a blood infection at 78 [1] [2]