Musicians Who Died on November 1

  • 1711 Christian Demelius, composer, dies at 68
  • 1750 Giuseppe Sammartini, composer, dies at 55
  • 1768 (Pieter) Pierre van Maldere, Flemish violinist and composer, dies at 39
  • 1788 Johann Samuel Schroeter, composer, dies
  • 1810 Georg Anton Kreusser, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1817 Giovanni Zanotti, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • 1825 Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa, composer, dies at 49
  • 1844 August Ferdinand Haeser, German composer, dies at 45
  • 1895 Aleksander Zarzycki, composer, dies at 61
  • 1927 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • 1942 Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 34
  • 1961 Joan McCracken, American stage and screen actress, dancer and comedienne (Oklahoma!; Claudia: Story of a Marriage), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1962 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1975 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Philip James, American composer, conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), dies at 85
  • 1982 Leighton Lucas, British composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1983 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • 1986 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer ("Women Be Wise") dies on her 88th birthday
  • 1986 Serge Garant, Canadian composer and conductor (Anerca), dies at 57
  • 1989 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), dies at 69
  • 1990 Ray Pohlman, American session upright and electric bass guitarist and arranger (The Wrecking Crew), and jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 60
  • 2003 Kent Kennan, American composer, dies at 90
  • 2003 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 76
  • 2004 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, dies at 34
  • 2004 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered by his daughter's boyfriend defending her during a domestic dispute at 61
  • 2005 (Lyle) "Skitch" Henderson, British-American pianist and orchestra leader (NBC Radio; NBC Television; New York Pops), dies at 87
  • 2005 Manuel Castillo, Andalusian classical pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 2008 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), dies after multiple strokes at 64
  • 2008 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano and exotica singer (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • 2008 Shakir Stewart, American record executive (Def Jam), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 34
  • 2008 Jimmy Carl Black [Inkanish], American rock drummer (Mothers Of Invention, 1965-69; Muffin Men, 1993-2008), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 2011 André Hodeir, French classical and jazz violinist, and composer, dies at 90
  • 2014 Wayne Static [Wells], American musician (Static-X), dies at 48
  • 2016 (Martin) "Bap" Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Moonlight Kiss"; "Sailor's Revenge"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • 2017 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98
  • 2021 Nelson Freire, Brazilian classical pianist, dies at 77
  • 2021 Pat Martino [Azzara], American jazz guitarist (DownBeat Guitar Player of the Year, 2004), dies of chronic respiratory disorder at 77