On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 19

  • 1744 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, dies at 46
  • 1780 Bernhard Haltenberger, German composer, dies at 32
  • 1795 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Vincenzo Righini, Italian composer and singer, dies at 56
  • 1813 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1813 Josef Blazej Smrcek, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1822 Melchor Lopez Jimenez, Spanish composer (Santiago de Compostela cathedral), dies at 62
  • 1851 Gioseffo Catrufo, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1872 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, dies at 63
  • 1881 Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, dies at 79
  • 1892 František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • 1900 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • 1912 Alphonse Hasselmans, Belgian-French harpist, composer (La Source), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1884-1912), dies at 67
  • 1922 Felipe Pedrell, Spanish guitarist, composer (Excelsior; La Celestina), and musical scholar, dies at 81
  • 1929 Serge Diaghilev, Russian ballet director (founder of the Ballets Russes), dies at 57
  • 1936 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and composer, murdered at 37 or 38
  • 1944 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing; My Life of Music), dies following an illness at 75
  • 1963 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
  • 1975 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1976 Jeno Kenessey, Hungarian conductor and composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll Trio), and songwriter ("It's Late"), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1991 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader ("(Themes from) The Man with the Golden Arm"; Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • 1995 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Jurriaan Andriessen, Dutch pianist and composer (Berkshire Symphonies; Les Cloches des Clochards), dies at 70
  • 1997 Petr Novák, Czech rock singer-songwriter (George and Beatovens; Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • 2001 Betty Everett, American southern soul singer and pianist ("Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)"), dies at 61
  • 2008 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band - "Too Much"), dies from injuries sustained in a farm vehicle accident at 46
  • 2010 Michael Been, American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter (The Call - "Let the Day Begin"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2013 Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer ("Mosaic"), dies at 79
  • 2017 Bea Wain, American pop singer ("Deep Purple" (the song, not the group); "Heart and Soul"), and radio host, dies at 100
  • 2019 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 77