On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 8

  • 1384 Kan'ami [Yūsaki Kiyotsugu], Japanese actor, playwright, musician and co-founder of Noh drama, dies at 51
  • 1612 Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, dies at 49
  • 1742 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker, son of Antonius, dies at 62
  • 1790 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1796 Felice Giardini, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1814 Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, German composer, dies at 48
  • 1870 Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1884 Henry Clay Work, American composer, dies at 51
  • 1906 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, dies at 65
  • 1908 Johan Lindegren, Swedish composer, musician and teacher, dies at 66
  • 1919 Jacob Christian Fabricius, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 1940 Frederick Converse, American composer (The Pipe of Desire), dies at 69
  • 1943 (Wilford) "Min" Leibrook, American jazz tuba player and bassist (Paul Whiteman Orchestra), dies of meningitis at 40
  • 1948 Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1965 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65),, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1967 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74

  • 1972 Jimmy Rushing, American blues pianist and singer, known as"Mr. Five By Five", dies at 70
  • 1973 Eino Linnala, Finnish composer, pedagogue, and musicologist dies at 76
  • 1979 Louis Salvador Palange, American composer, arranger, and conductor dies at 61
  • 1980 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor, dies at 80
  • 1984 Gordon Jacob, British composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Yogi Horton, American R&B and funk drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • 1991 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), dies at 57
  • 1992 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • 1994 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • 1999 James "Rosy" McHargue, American jazz clarinetist, and vocalist (Ted Weems Orchestra; The Wolverines), dies at 97
  • 2008 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani singer-songwriter, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 2011 Alan Rubin, American musician (Blues Brothers) known as "Mr Fabulous", dies of cancer at 68
  • 2014 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, dies at 86
  • 2018 Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), dies at 68
  • 2019 Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), dies at 95
  • 2020 Bonnie Pointer, American pop singer (Pointer Sisters - "Jump"; "I'm So Excited"), dies at 69