On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 22

  • 1735 Pirro Capacelli, Italian aristocrat and composer, dies at 71
  • 1741 Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Belgian composer, dies at 38
  • 1745 Hubert Renotte, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 41
  • 1754 Nicholas Siret, French baroque composer and organist, dies at 91
  • 1843 Gabriele Prota, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • 1885 Mahdi [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • 1926 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • 1950 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, dies at 65
  • 1963 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • 1967 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestJudy Garland

1969 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

Actress Judy Garland
Judy Garland
  • 1973 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, dies at 77

Person of interestDarius Milhaud

1974 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81

Composer Darius Milhaud
Darius Milhaud
  • 1977 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), dies at 24
  • 1986 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), dies at 64 

Person of interestFred Astaire

1987 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), dies of pneumonia at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

  • 1988 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor and comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies of ALS syndrome at 72
  • 1988 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • 1989 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire), dies at 88
  • 1996 Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, American songwriter, brother of Diana, found murdered at 47
  • 1996 George Barati, Hungarian-American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), dies at 83
  • 1997 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • 1999 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 2007 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, dies at 79
  • 2009 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), dies at 88
  • 2014 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • 2015 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2015 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu, 1965-2015), dies at 95
  • 2017 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • 2018 Vinnie Paul [Vincent Abbott], American heavy metal drummer (Pantera), dies of a heart condition at 54