On This Day

Deaths in Music on January 3

  • 1628 Francesco Maria Guaitoli, composer, dies at 64
  • 1761 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • 1767 Luca Antonio Predieri, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 78
  • 1785 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • 1829 Robert Archibald Smith, Scottish composer, dies at 48
  • 1836 Friedrich Witt, German composer, 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
  • 1875 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (opera's buff), dies at 68
  • 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, dies at 69

  • 1956 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/American composer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • 1975 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • 1976 Mal Evans [Malcolm Frederick Evans], British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation with police at 40
  • 1976 Mateusz Glinski, 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, composer, dies at 84
  • 1997 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • 2002 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • 2009 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer, dies at 77
  • 2012 Bob Weston, British guitarist & songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found this date)

Person of interestPhil Everly

2014 Phil Everly, American singer & half of the rock and roll duo "The Everly Brothers" (Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

Singer Phil Everly
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  • 2018 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79