On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 13

  • 1550 Johann Spangenberg, German theologist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1839 Martin-Pierre Dalvimare, French musician and composer, dies at 66
  • 1873 Angelo Mariani, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1928 Dámaso Ledesma, Spanish organist, composer, musicologist, and priest, dies at 60
  • 1954 Nikolai Obukhov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • 1956 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), dies at 79
  • 1962 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • 1969 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • 1972 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters, 1953-55 - "Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), dies at 39
  • 1973 Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1973 Frantisek Suchy, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • 1984 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, dies at 92
  • 1984 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), dies at 39 of AIDS-related pneumonia complications

Person of interestBenny Goodman

1986 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 1994 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1995 David Parry, British-Canadian folk musician (Friends of Fiddler's Green), storyteller (Canadian Museum of Civilization), actor, stage director, and teacher (University of Toronto), dies of a heart attack at 53

  • 2001 Siegfried Naumann, Swedish conductor (Musica Nova Ensemble, 1962-77), teacher, and composer (Risposte), dies at 81
  • 2002 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy, Rituals), dies at 81
  • 2003 Harold Ashby, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), dies at 78
  • 2005 David Diamond, American composer (Paderewski Prize-1943), dies at 89
  • 2007 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 90
  • 2010 Jimmy Dean, American country and rockabilly singer ("Big Bad John"), television host, actor ( Diamonds are Forever), and businessman, dies at 81
  • 2012 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, dies at 97
  • 2015 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • 2015 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62
  • 2016 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2016 Ofelya Hambardzumyan, Armenian folk singer, dies at 91
  • 2017 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications of hepatitis C. at 75
  • 2018 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American rock and roll drummer (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • 2019 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88