On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 8

  • 1445 Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer
  • 1700 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, Danish scholar and composer, dies at 40
  • 1759 Karl Heinrich Graun, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1816 Blas de Laserna, composer, dies at 65
  • 1834 Silvestro Palma, composer, dies at 80
  • 1888 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1918 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright, dies at 38
  • 1940 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
  • 1950 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • 1950 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), dies at 69
  • 1954 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • 1961 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • 1963 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, dies at 72
  • 1967 Jaromir Weinberger, Czech/American composer (Czech Rhapsody), dies at 71
  • 1975 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • 1975 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66

  • 1982 Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies
  • 1982 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • 1988 Félix Leclerc, French Canadian singer and composer (Moi, mes souliers), dies at 74
  • 1989 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1990 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Didi Duprat, French guitarist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Åke Hermanson, Swedish composer, dies at 73
  • 1997 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • 2003 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, dies at 66
  • 2006 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), dies at 77
  • 2006 Irving "Duke" Jordan, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt), dies at 84
  • 2008 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • 2013 Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2014 Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), dies at 85

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2017 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

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  • 2017 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89