On This Day

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
  • 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

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1996 Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz, swing, pop, and blues singer, known as "The First Lady of Song" (Verve "Songbook" series), dies from a stroke at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
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Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1996 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Clare Grundman, American composer, dies at 83
  • 2001 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2001 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2007 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), dies of multiple myeloma at 61
  • 2015 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2015 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), dies at 75
  • 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