On This Day

Musicians Who Died on November 13

Person of interestGioachino Rossini

1868 Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer (Barber of Seville, William Tell), dies at 76

  • 1877 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • 1896 Antonio Peña y Goñi, Spanish composer, dies at 50
  • 1916 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), dies at 35
  • 1944 Paul Graener, composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • 1951 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer, dies at 77
  • 1951 Nikolai Karlovich Metner, composer, dies at 71
  • 1967 Pierre Moulaert, Belgian composer, dies at 60
  • 1967 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, dies at 71
  • 1973 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • 1983 Alvin "Junior" Samples, American comedian and country singer (Hee Haw), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1986 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, dies at 71
  • 1988 Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1949-1960), dies at 82
  • 1988 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), dies at 86
  • 1992 Bobby McClure, American gospel (The Soul Stirrers) and soul singer ("Don't Mess Up A Good Thing"), dies from a stroke at 50

  • 1992 Maurice Ohana, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Ralph Hunsecker Blane, American songwriter, dies at 81
  • 1996 Bill Doggett, American jazz and blues musician (Honky Tonk), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1997 André Boucourechliev, Bulgarian-French composer, dies at 72
  • 1999 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), dies at 84
  • 1999 Don "Sugarcane" Harris, American rock guitarist and electric violin pioneer (Don & Dewey; Frank Zappa), dies of pulmonary disease at 61 [1]
  • 2001 Marius Hendrikus Flothuis, Dutch composer and author (Mozart biography), dies at 87
  • 2001 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 64 [1]
  • 2001 Marius Flothuis, Dutch composer, (Kleine Suite for 12 harps; Negro Lament), musicologist and music critic, dies at 87
  • 2002 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • 2004 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • 2004 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • 2004 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil), falls to his death from a second floor balcony at 42
  • 2016 Leon Russell, American musician and singer-songwriter (Carny), dies at 74