Musicians Who Died on January 6

  • 1685 Malachias Siebenhaar, Bohemian-German composer, dies at 68
  • 1697 Carlo Mannelli, Italian composer, dies at 56
  • 1738 Franz Xaver Murschhauser, German composer and theorist, dies at 74
  • 1742 Johann Georg Reinhardt, Austrian organist, composer, and Kappelmeister dies at about 66
  • 1790 Johann Trier, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1800 William Jones, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1831 Rodolphe Kreutzer, French composer (La mort d'Abel) and virtuoso violinist, dies at 64
  • 1847 Tyagaraja, Composer of Indian classical Carnatic music, dies at 79
  • 1856 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist, composer, forger, and bigamist, dies at 66
  • 1933 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, dies at 84
  • 1942 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • 1959 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • 1980 Georgeanna Tillman, American singer (the Marvelettes), dies at 35 from lupus and sickle cell anemia
  • 1987 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • 1991 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
  • 1993 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer and choeographer (Kirov Ballet), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1995 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1996 Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, American musician, dies at 80
  • 1998 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1999 Michel Petrucciani, French jazz pianist (100 Hearts), dies from a pulmonary infection at 36
  • 2006 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2007 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • 2009 Claude Jeter, American gospel music singer (The Swan Silvertones), dies at 94
  • 2009 Ron Asheton, American guitarist, bassist, and songwriter (The Stooges), dies of an apparent heart attack at 60 [exact date estimated]
  • 2009 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), dies at 93
  • 2012 W. Francis McBeth, American composer (Of Sailors and Whales), conductor, and pedagogue (Ouachita Baptist University, 1957-96), dies at 78
  • 2014 H. Owen Reed, American composer, dies at 103
  • 2016 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79 
  • 2021 Bobby Few, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 85
  • 2022 Calvin Simon, American funk and gospel vocalist (Parliament/Funkadelic - "Livin' the Life"), dies at 79