On This Day

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 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1942 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1946 Sigismond Stojowski, composer, dies at 77
  • 1951 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer/pegagoge, dies at 72
  • 1951 Bedrich Antonin Wiedermann, Czech organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1956 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], 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 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1964 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), dies at 47
  • 1977 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
  • 1986 Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), dies from complications of being shot at 49
  • 1989 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), dies 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, dies at 66
  • 1996 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1997 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English 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, American singer (The Coasters) dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • 2003 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers), dies at 63
  • 2005 Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (b. 1912)
  • 2005 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), dies of heart failure at 76 [1]
  • 2009 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • 2010 Shirley Verrett, American operatic mezzo-soprano (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • 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
  • 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