Deaths in Music on January 5

  • 1740 Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
  • 1746 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, composer, dies at 53
  • 1783 Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
  • 1788 Johann Schneider, German composer and pupil of Bach, dies at 85
  • 1814 Johann Gottfried Krebs, composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer, dies at 73
  • 1862 Joseph Frohlich, composer, dies at 81
  • 1888 Henri Herz, Austrian composer, dies at a day before his 85th birthday
  • 1891 Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  • 1946 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • 1956 Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  • 1970 Roberto Gerhard, composer, dies at 73
  • 1974 Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1974 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • 1976 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • 1979 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • 1993 Leonce Gras, Flemish singer/conductor, dies at 84
  • 1994 Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
  • 1995 Francis Lopez, Fren dentist/operetta composer (Andalousie), dies at 78
  • 1996 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader, dies at 84
  • 1996 Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63
  • 1998 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1998 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • 1998 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • 2003 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • 2011 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • 2016 Elizabeth Swados, composer and musicial director (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • 2016 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • 2016 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71