Deaths in Music on November 17

  • 1648 Thomas Ford, composer, dies
  • 1770 Gian Francesco de Majo, composer, dies at 38
  • 1826 Louise Reichardt, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1856 William Knyvett, composer, dies at 77
  • 1862 Alexey Nikolayevich Verstovsky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, composer, dies at 50
  • 1936 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1943 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, composer, dies at 74
  • 1955 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1959 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • 1982 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • 1987 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • 1989 Emerson Buckley, composer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Alan Hull, singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Peter John Welding, record producer, dies at 60
  • 2001 Michael Karoli, German guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Arthur Conley, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2003 Don Gibson, American singer (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
  • 2008 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2014 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), dies at 78
  • 2017 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), dies from heart failure at 91