Deaths in Music on 16th August

  • 1518 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1748 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1799 Vincenzo Manfredini, composer, dies at 61
  • 1831 Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
  • 1870 Ludvig Anton Edmund Passy, composer, dies at 80
  • 1910 Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer, dies at 69
  • 1911 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • 1929 Frank Valentine Van der Stucken, composer, dies at 70

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1938 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1944 Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • 1945 Nico Richter, composer, dies at 29
  • 1959 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • 1959 Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • 1965 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1972 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1977 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1984 Gyorgy Kosa, composer, dies at 87
  • 1986 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • 1988 Milton Adolphus, composer, dies at 75
  • 1992 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • 1995 Robert "Robby" Debarge, R&B Musician, dies at 36
  • 1997 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • 1999 Pee Wee King, American country musician and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (b. 1975)
  • 2007 Max Roach, American percussionist, drummer, and composer (b. 1924)
  • 2008 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)