Musicians Who Died on June 12

  • 1761 Meinrad Spiess, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1858 William Horsley, English musician and composer, dies at 83
  • 1887 Gustav Weber, Swiss organist, choral dierctor, and composer, dies at 41
  • 1917 Maria Teresa Carreño, Venezuelan pianist, soprano, conductor, and composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Walter Leigh, British composer (The Frogs of Aristophanes), killed in action near Tobruk, Libya while serving in British Army, at 36
  • 1947 Jazeps Medins, Latvian composer, dies at 70
  • 1957 Jimmy Dorsey, American big band jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and bandleader (Green Eyes; Tangerine; Pennies From Heaven), dies of throat cancer at 53
  • 1962 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • 1966 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • 1966 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • 1968 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 Lou Monte {Scaglione], Italian-American novelty song singer-songwriter (Peppino the Italian Mouse; Dominick the Donkey), dies at 72
  • 1989 Peter Baden, Norwegian composer, organist and music critic, dies at 80
  • 1995 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian classical pianist, dies at 75
  • 1997 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian poet, writer, and singer-songwriter, dies at 73
  • 1998 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz; That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • 2006 György Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), dies at 83 (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90
  • 2011 Carl Gardner, American pop-rock vocalist (The Coasters - "Yakety Yak"), dies at 83
  • 2015 Ernest Tomlinson, English light classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2017 Felice Taylor, American R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On), dies at 73
  • 2018 Jon Hiseman, English drummer (Colosseum), dies at 73