On This Day

Musicians Who Died on November 20

  • 1518 Pierre de la Rue [aka Peter van Straten], Franco-Flemish the Renaissance singer and composer, dies at about 66 [birth date unconfirmed]
  • 1758 Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 64
  • 1827 Alexey Titov, Russian composer, dies at 58
  • 1851 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1882 (Albert) Béla Kéler, Hungarian composer, and conductor, dies at 62
  • 1894 Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer (Dmitri Donskoi), dies at 64
  • 1927 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1939 Désiré Pâque, Belgian organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • 1950 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • 1951 Thomas Quinlan, English opera impresario, dies at 70
  • 1957 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • 1964 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, dies at 73
  • 1973 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter ("Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"), dies from emphysema at 48
  • 1984 Alexander Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • 2004 Jenny Ross, English alt-rock keyboard player and vocalist (Section 25 - "Looking from a Hilltop"), dies from cancer at 42
  • 2005 Chris Whitley, American blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 45
  • 2005 James King, American tenor, dies at 80
  • 2009 H.C. Robbins Landon, American musicologist (Haydn: Chronicle and Works), dies at 83
  • 2012 Michael Dunford, British guitarist and songwriter (The Nashville Teens, 1960-63; Renaissance - "Scheherazade"), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68
  • 2014 Arthur Butterworth, British classical trumpet player and composer dies at 91
  • 2018 Harald Heilmann, German composer, dies at 94
  • 2018 Levine Andrade, Indian-British violinist (Arditti Quartet, 1974-90), film score composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • 2021 Billy Hinsche, American pop musician, singer, and songwriter (Dino, Desi & Billy; The Beach Boys), dies of cancer at 70