Deaths in Music on October 20

  • 1676 Christopher Gibbons, composer, dies at 61
  • 1819 Lambert-Francois Godecharle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1870 Michael William Balfe, composer (Bohemian Girl), dies at 62
  • 1904 Henry Hiles, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1913 Leander Schlegel, composer, dies at 69
  • 1927 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer, dies at 78
  • 1931 Emanuel Moor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1944 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, dies at 65
  • 1955 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • 1977 Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • 1977 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • 1977 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • 1983 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • 1994 Charles Robert Owen Medley, dancer/Choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65
  • 2005 Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • 2015 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • 2015 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89