On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 23

  • 1723 Antoine Mouque, Flemish composer, organist and singer, dies at 64
  • 1777 Giuseppe Sellitto, composer, dies at 77
  • 1802 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1825 Amos Bull, composer, dies at 81
  • 1839 Charles Philippe Lafont, 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, composer, dies at 63
  • 1960 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, dies at 65
  • 1962 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1963 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 1970 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, 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, dies
  • 1990 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80
  • 1995 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician, dies at 31
  • 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