Deaths in Music on January 4

  • 1765 Joseph Franz Xaver Dominik Stalder, Swiss composer, dies at 39
  • 1809 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer, dies at 67
  • 1864 Mateo Ferrer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1883 Nicolas Ledesma, composer, dies at 91
  • 1885 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • 1898 Frantisek Pivoda, composer, dies at 73
  • 1924 Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist, composer (b. 1852)
  • 1942 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), dies at 70
  • 1955 Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, dies at 81
  • 1956 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • 1969 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • 1972 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, dies at 57
  • 1974 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1985 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • 1986 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • 1991 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), dies at 57
  • 1994 RD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1939)
  • 1995 Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), dies in air crash at 52
  • 1995 Leonard Hirsch, British violinist and conducter (BBC Empire Orchestra), dies at 92
  • 1996 Ramon Vinay, Chilean operatic tenor, dies at 83
  • 1998 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • 2001 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • 2003 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 2011 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • 2011 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2013 Sammy Johns, American country artist, dies at 66
  • 2016 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), dies at 81
  • 2017 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, dies at 92
  • 2018 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), dies at 76