Musicians Who Died on November 5

  • 1743 Andreas Benedikt Praelisauer, German choirmaster and composer, dies at 44
  • 1772 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, dies at 50
  • 1860 Carl Binder, Austrian composer, dies at 43
  • 1933 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, dies of amoebic dysentery at 49

George M. CohanGeorge M. Cohan (1878-1942)

American father of musical comedy (Phantom President; Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

  • 1946 Zygmunt Stojowski, Polish-American concert pianist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 76
  • 1951 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer and pedagogue (Fundamentals of the Classical Dance), dies at 72
  • 1951 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1956 Art Tatum, American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • 1960 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer ("The Battle of New Orleans"), dies in a car accident at 33
  • 1964 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), dies at 47
  • 1964 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1977 (Gaetano) "Guy" Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader ("Auld Lang Syne"), dies of heart attack in Houston at 75
  • 1977 (Jacob) "Jan" Garber, American violinist and sweet jazz bandleader, dies at 82
  • 1986 (Ulysses) Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins; The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), dies from complications of being shot 14 months earlier at 49
  • 1989 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Variations on a Theme from Carmen), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 1990 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 McHenry Boatwright, American operatic singer (Clarence Cameron White's "Ouanga"; Dave Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice"), dies of cancerat 66
  • 1996 Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Paula Hinton, British ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1997 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], British musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), dies in his sleep at 38
  • 2000 Jimmie Davis, American singer and songwriter ("You Are My Sunshine"), dies at 101
  • 2002 Billy Guy [Frank Phillips], American baritone pop singer (The Coasters, 1955-73 - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), and record producer, dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • 2003 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), dies of acute cocaine toxicity at 63
  • 2005 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), dies of heart failure at 76 [1]
  • 2005 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano, dies at 93
  • 2009 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • 2010 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2011 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker, dies at 85
  • 2012 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • 2013 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), dies at 57
  • 2015 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), dies at 101
  • 2017 Robert Knight, American pop singer ("Everlasting Love"), dies at 79
  • 2020 Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], American singer, songwriter and producer (The Dovells - "Bristol Stomp"; solo - "1-2-3"), dies of bone marrow cancer at 78
  • 2021 Marília Mendonça, Brazilian Sertaneja singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 26
  • 2022 Aaron Carter, American singer, rapper and songwriter, dies at 34