Deaths in Music on June 1

  • 1639 Melchior Franck, German composer
  • 1699 Jean Rousseau, French composer and viol player, dies at 54
  • 1763 Johann Caspar Vogler, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1810 Johann Paul Wessely, composer, dies at 47
  • 1909 Giuseppe Martucci, composer, dies at 53
  • 1918 Friedrich Richard Faltin, composer, dies at 83
  • 1918 Jaroslav Novotny, Czech composer, dies at 32
  • 1926 Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer, dies at 64
  • 1935 Alberto Cametti, composer, dies at 64
  • 1942 Ernest Pingoud, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • 1946 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1948 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • 1955 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66
  • 1966 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • 1984 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), dies at 52
  • 1985 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • 1991 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • 1995 Prudence Hyman, dancer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Don Grolnick, jazz musician, dies at 48
  • 2006 RocĂ­o Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, dies at 59
  • 2007 Tony Thompson, Singer in R&B group Hi-Five (b. 1975)
  • 2015 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • 2018 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), dies of heart failure at 83