On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 22

  • 1599 Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c. 1553)
  • 1831 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • 1879 Friedrich August Kummer, composer, dies at 82
  • 1893 Ernst II, duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, dies at 75 (b. 1818)
  • 1901 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, dies at 83
  • 1942 Henry Eichheim, composer, dies at 72
  • 1942 Mikhail Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1970 Richard Frank Donovan, composer, dies at 78
  • 1976 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, dies at 63
  • 1979 John Lee Granderson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1984 Charles Whittenberg, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1990 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), dies at 66
  • 1992 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), dies at 78
  • 1996 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, dies at 79
  • 2003 Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2004 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • 2005 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • 2006 Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2011 Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (Leiber & Stoller), dies at 78
  • 2011 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • 2013 Keiko Fuji, Japanese enka singer and actress, dies at 62
  • 2016 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, dies at 94
  • 2017 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2018 Edward "Ed" King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of cancer at 68