Musicians Who Died on November 17

  • 1648 Thomas Ford, English composer and lutenist to the royal court, dies (b. 1580)
  • 1770 Gian Francesco de Majo, Italian composer, dies at 38
  • 1826 Louise Reichardt, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1856 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, dies at 77
  • 1862 Alexey Verstovsky, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Georgi Atanasov, Bulgarian composer (Gergana), 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 pianist and jazz composer (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1958 Marcelle Meyer, French contemporary classical (Les Six) and Baroque revival (Bach; Rameau) concert pianist, dies of a heart attack while at the keyboard at 61
  • 1959 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), dies at 72
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • 1979 John Glascock, British bass guitarist and singer (Carmen, 1972-75; Jethro Tull, 1976-79 - "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die"), dies of congenital heart valve defect at 28
  • 1981 Bob Eberly, American 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, American composer, dies at 73
  • 1991 Rudolf Petzold, German educator and composer, dies at 83
  • 1995 Alan Hull, British folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Lindisfarne - "Lady Eleanor"), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1995 Pete Welding, American music writer (Down Beat), musicologist (Testament Records), and jazz and blues record producer (Doug Quattlebaum), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1997 Wilfred Josephs, British composer (Rebecca; Requiem), dies at 70
  • 2001 Michael Karoli, German rock guitarist (Can), dies of cancer at 53 (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Arthur Conley, American singer ("Sweet Soul Music"), dies of intestinal cancer at 57
  • 2003 Don Gibson, American country musician ("Sweet Dreams"), dies at 75
  • 2003 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), dies of cardiac arrest at 41
  • 2006 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival - Viale d'autunno), dies at 82
  • 2006 Ruth Brown, American actress and singer sometimes known as the "Queen of R&B" ("So Long"; "Teardrops From My Eyes"), dies at 78
  • 2008 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • 2008 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • 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; Octagon), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2021 Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist ("I'm Just A Bill"), dies at 88
  • 2021 Keith Alison, American session and touring guitarist (Paul Revere and The Raiders, 1968-75), and songwriter, dies at 79