On This Day

Musicians Who Died on November 6

  • 1492 Antoine Busnois, French composer known for his chansons, dies at about 62
  • 1669 Laurentius Erhard, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1672 Heinrich Schütz, German organist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1712 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, dies at 58
  • 1795 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • 1801 Christian Friedrich Gregor, composer, dies at 78
  • 1835 Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • 1865 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, dies at 51

Person of interestPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), dies of suspected cholera at 53

  • 1897 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1901 Bohdan Borkowski, Polish composer, dies at 48
  • 1912 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, dies at 70
  • 1922 William Baines, English composer, dies of TB at 23
  • 1946 Zygmunt Stojowski, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 1953 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • 1958 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, dies at 78

  • 1965 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1965 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), dies at 81
  • 1968 Guillaume Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 63
  • 1968 Charles Munch, French conductor and violinist (b. 1891)
  • 1970 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • 1972 Billy Murcia, Colombian born American rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • 1983 Robert Gross, American composer and violinist, dies at 69
  • 1986 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • 1987 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer, dies of accidental death at 32
  • 1989 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer (Flying Saucer), dies at 55
  • 1991 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist, conductor, dies at 64
  • 2000 Herbert Brün, German composer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2005 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2005 Miguel Aceves Mejía, Mexican actor, composer and singer, dies at 90
  • 2007 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • 2016 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2018 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2019 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • 2020 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • 2020 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Cazy Story"), dies in a nightclub gunfight at 26