Musicians Who Died on June 15

  • 1677 Giovanni Battista Chinelli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1772 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • 1828 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, dies at 91
  • 1839 Hans Skramstad, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1865 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, dies at 61
  • 1869 Albert Grisar, Belgian comic opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1875 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, dies at 72
  • 1893 Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (Himnusz), dies at 82
  • 1895 Richard Genée, Austrian playwright, librettist, and composer, dies at 72
  • 1920 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1934 Alfred Bruneau, French composer (Léda), dies at 77
  • 1962 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1968 (John) "Wes" Montgomery, American influential jazz guitarist and Grammy Award winner, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1968 (Patrick) "Buddy" Attaway, American country and Cajun fiddler, and songwriter ("I'm Sitting On Top Of The World"), dies at 45
  • 1982 Art Pepper, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1984 Meredith Willson, American composer for stage (The Music Man), and screen (The Great Dictator; Little Foxes), dies at 82
  • 1990 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1994 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek conductor, and Academy Award-winning composer ("Never On Sunday"), dies at 68
  • 1996 Clare Grundman, American composer, dies at 83

Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), dies from a stroke at 78 [1]

  • 1996 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • 2001 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2001 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2003 Momo "Wandel" Soumah, Guinean jazz and world music saxophonist and singer (Matchowé; Circus Baobob), dies at about 77 [b. 1926, exact birthday undocumented]
  • 2007 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), dies of multiple myeloma at 61
  • 2010 Wendell Morris Logan, American composer (Oberlin Conservatory of Music), dies at 69
  • 2015 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2015 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), dies at 75
  • 2016 Ladislaw Kupkovic, Slovak composer, dies at 80
  • 2017 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), dies at 83
  • 2018 Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues guitarist (Blues Brothers band), dies at 88
  • 2019 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96