On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 11

  • 1602 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
  • 1607 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • 1772 Johann George Reutter, composer, dies at 63
  • 1787 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), dies at 45
  • 1807 Anton Eberl, Austrian composer, dies at 41
  • 1826 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer, dies at 66
  • 1833 Fridolin Weber, composer, dies at 71
  • 1897 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, dies at 58
  • 1908 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • 1919 Harald Fryklöf, Swedish composer, dies at 36
  • 1925 Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78
  • 1937 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Walford Davies, English composer, dies at 71
  • 1947 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1949 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76
  • 1956 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83

  • 1959 Haydn Wood, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1967 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1975 Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • 1975 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65
  • 1976 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), dies at 70
  • 1978 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), electrocuted in a home mishap at 39
  • 1983 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and songwriter (b. 1903)
  • 1986 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1993 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • 1995 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1996 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1997 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), dies at 84
  • 2007 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2011 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 2012 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, dies at 79
  • 2015 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • 2018 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • 2019 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90