On This Day

Musicians Who Died on November 24

  • 1615 Sethus Calvisius, composer, dies at 59
  • 1650 Manuel Cardoso, composer, dies at 83
  • 1722 Johann Adam Reincken, German organist and composer, dies at 99
  • 1822 Karl Jacob Wagner, composer, dies at 50
  • 1838 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1842 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, dies at 92
  • 1880 Napoléon Henri Reber, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1903 Charles Dupee Blake, American composer, dies at 56
  • 1916 John Francis Barnett, British composer, dies at 79
  • 1944 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1946 Alfonso Broqua, Uruguayan composer, dies at 70
  • 1948 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1953 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73
  • 1956 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, dies in a plane crash at Orly Airport, Paris at 36
  • 1970 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • 1972 Hall Overton, American jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 52

  • 1984 Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • 1985 Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
  • 1988 Irmgard Seefried, German soprano, dies at 69
  • 1990 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, dies at 72
  • 1991 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American drummer (Kiss), dies of cancer at 41

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1991 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), dies of AIDS at 45

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  • 1992 Mary Smithuysen, Dutch dancer/actress (Bridge Too Far), dies
  • 1992 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1993 Albert Collins, American blues guitarist (Ice Pickin'; Don't Lose Your Cool; Showdown!), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, dies at 56
  • 1996 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), dies at 67
  • 2001 Melanie Thornton, American pop-dance singer (La Bouche - "Be My Lover"), dies in a plane crash near Zürich, Switzerland, at 34
  • 2004 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Robert McFerrin, Sr., American operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1955-58; singing voice for Sidney Poitier in film "Porgy and Bess"), dies at 85
  • 2008 Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • 2009 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer (Marimo), dies at 88
  • 2009 Hale Smith, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2011 Fjölnir Stefánsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 81
  • 2012 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2015 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, dies at 89
  • 2016 Pauline Oliveros, American composer (Sound Patterns), dies at 84
  • 2016 Florence Henderson, American actress and singer (Carol in The Brady Bunch), dies at 82
  • 2017 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), dies at 71
  • 2017 Mitch Margo, American rocker (The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), dies of natural causes at 70
  • 2018 Harold Farberman, American percussionist, conductor, and composer (Medea), dies at 89
  • 2019 Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, dies at 100