Musicians Who Died on August 23

  • 1723 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1777 Giuseppe Sellitto, Italian opera composer (Nitocri), dies at 77
  • 1802 Corona Schröter, German singer. and composer, dies at 51
  • 1825 Amos Bull, American hymn composer, dies at 81
  • 1839 Charles Philippe Lafont, French violinist and composer, dies at 57
  • 1878 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, Swedish lieder and classical composer, dies at 77
  • 1898 Joseph Robinson, Irish singer, organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1927 Therese Zamara, Austrian harpist and music teacher, dies at 71
  • 1937 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), dies at 68
  • 1943 Johann Zilcher, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1944 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Ukrainian composer, dies at 63
  • 1960 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), dies at 65
  • 1962 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1963 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies of lymphoma, at 63
  • 1970 (Neeltje) "Nel" Roos, Dutch ballerina and dance teacher, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1971 Gisela Hernández [Gonzalo], Cuban composer (Diálogo), and music educator, dies at 58
  • 1972 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, dies at 68
  • 1981 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), dies at 70
  • 1987 Siegfried Borris, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1989 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer and choreographer, dies at 57
  • 1990 David Rose, American Emmy Award-winning composer ("The Stripper"; "Holiday For Strings"), and orchestra leader (The Red Skelton Show), dies at 80
  • 1995 Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboardist and industrial-electronic music composer (Skinny Puppy), dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • 2001 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • 2005 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones; To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 78
  • 2005 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), dies in a road accident at 71
  • 2006 Jacques Wildberger, Swiss composer (In My End is My Beginning), dies at 84
  • 2006 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78
  • 2013 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer ("Dear Mrs. Applebee"), dies at 67
  • 2015 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • 2018 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • 2019 Mario Davidovsky, Argentine-American electro-acoustic composer (Synchronisms), dies at 85
  • 2020 Charlie Persip, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; The Jazz Statesmen; Billy Eckstine), dies at 91