On This Day

Deaths in Music on March 20

  • 1757 Johann Paul Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
  • 1804 Ignaz Malzat, composer, dies at 47
  • 1812 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemian pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • 1866 Rikard Nordraak, Norwegian composer, dies at 23
  • 1871 Antonio Buzzolla, composer, dies at 56
  • 1873 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1874 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer, dies at 63
  • 1892 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer, dies at 41
  • 1911 Jean-Theodore Radoux, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 1913 Christian Barnekow, Danish composer, dies at 75
  • 1942 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • 1942 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), dies in the siege of Leningrad during World War II at 73
  • 1944 Felix Woyrsch, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1951 Kathleen Lockhart Manning, American composer, dies at 60
  • 1964 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1970 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)

  • 1987 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • 1988 Gil Evans, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Miles Davis; Absolute Beginners, Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • 1989 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), dies at 79
  • 1992 Frank Westbrook, dancer/choreographer, dies at 82
  • 1992 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1996 Alan Ridout, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1998 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • 2000 Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2000 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), dies after a car accident at 86
  • 2008 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (Neu!, Kraftwerk), dies of heart failure at 61
  • 2009 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2011 Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)
  • 2016 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, dies at 78

Person of interestKenny Rogers

2020 Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter (The Gambler, Through the Years) and entrepreneur (Kenny Rogers Roasters), dies of natural causes at 81

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