On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 3

  • 1661 Gottfried Scheidt, German composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1804 Jean-Engelbert Pauwels, Belgian composer, dies at 35
  • 1809 John Christmas Beckwith, British organist and composer (The First Verse of Every Psalm of David with an Ancient or Modern Chant), dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1849 Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, French classical guitarist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1858 Julius Reubke, German organist, pianist, and composer (Sonata on the 94th Psalm in c), dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • 1872 Heinrich Esser, German composer and conductor, dies at 53

Person of interestGeorges Bizet

1875 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), dies of a heart attack at 36

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 1877 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (Köchel catalogue of Mozart's works), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1888 Cark Reidel, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1890 Henryk Oskar Kolberg, Polish folklorist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1898 Nikolai Afanisev, Russian composer, dies at 77
  • 1899 Johann Baptist Strauss Jr., Austrian composer (Waltz King), dies at 73
  • 1913 Josef Richard Rozkošný, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies at 66
  • 1959 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian conductor (Brooklyn's Scandinavian Symphony Orchestra, 1913-39), pianist and composer, dies after a heart attack at 73
  • 1986 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • 1989 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • 1990 Stiv Bators [Steven Bator], American punk rock singer and guitarist (The Dead Boys; The Lords of the New Church), dies from brain injury after being struck by a car in Paris, at 40
  • 1994 Hub Matthijsen, Dutch violinist and bandmaster, dies at 52
  • 1998 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 2004 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), dies of a congenital heart issue at 38
  • 2004 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukaemia at 61
  • 2006 Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley's Comets), and songwriter ("Birth of the Boogie"), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2009 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • 2009 Sam Butera, American big band and R&B saxophonist, songwriter, and singer (Louis Prima and the Witnesses), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 2011 Andrew Gold, American rocker ("Lonely Boy"), dies in his sleep of heart failure at 59
  • 2014 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2016 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler, and songwriter (Fairport Convention; Martin Carthy), dies pneumonia at 75
  • 2018 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), dies of complications of diabetes at 88