On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 13

  • 1808 Henri Hardouin, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1841 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist, composer and royal chaplain bandmaster, dies at 73
  • 1886 Adolf von Doss, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1908 Ira D. Sankey, American evangelist, composer and singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67

Person of interestJules Massenet

1912 Jules Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70

Composer Jules Massenet
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Jules Massenet
  • 1916 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, dies at 61
  • 1924 Julian Aguirre, composer, dies at 56
  • 1928 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1933 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer, dies at 80
  • 1946 Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, composer, dies at 33
  • 1947 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1953 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • 1954 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1959 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • 1970 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • 1971 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), murdered at 37

  • 1974 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1982 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), dies at 49
  • 1986 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • 1987 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • 1994 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84
  • 1996 David Tudor, composer, dies at 70
  • 1996 Louise Talma, American composer (Summer Sounds), dies at 89
  • 1998 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), dies at 63
  • 2000 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer-songwriter, lawyer and social activist known as "Queen of Pop" in South Asia, dies of lung cancer at 35
  • 2003 Ed Townsend, American songwriter and producer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (Frollo- The Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • 2007 Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, dies at 85
  • 2009 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • 2010 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 2011 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • 2013 Tompall Glaser, American country singer, dies at 79
  • 2013 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), dies of cancer at 44
  • 2014 Frans Brüggen, Dutch flautist, recorder player, and conductor (Orchestra of the 18th Century), dies at 79