Deaths in Music on August 16

  • 1518 Loyset Compère, French composer
  • 1748 Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, Italian 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 Edmund Passy, Swedish 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 interestRobert Johnson

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-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • 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 interestElvis Presley

1977 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1984 György Kósa, Hungarian 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)
  • 2000 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), dies at 60
  • 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)

Person of interestAretha Franklin

2018 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin