Musicians Who Died on March 15

  • 1575 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
  • 1842 Luigi Cherubini, Italian musical prodigy, composer (Médée; Requiem in D minor), and educator (Conservatoire de Paris, 1822-42), dies at 81
  • 1883 Karol Studzinski, composer, dies at 55
  • 1905 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, dies at 70
  • 1912 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1918 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • 1918 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), dies at 24
  • 1929 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • 1942 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), dies from a stroke at 70 [1]
  • 1954 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1959 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • 1966 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1979 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), dies at 82
  • 1993 Anthony Bowles, British music director (Jesus Christ Superstar; Evita), dies of AIDS complications at 61
  • 1994 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, dies at 100
  • 1998 (Sebastião) "Tim" Maia, Brazilian rock, soul, sambalanço, and funk singer-songwriter, and musician, dies at 55
  • 2002 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2008 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 2008 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian pop-rock-folk singer-songwriter, and poet, dies of stomach cancer at 56
  • 2011 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • 2011 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), dies from a self-inflicted stab wound at 48
  • 2013 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • 2015 Mike Porcaro, American rock bassist (Toto, 1982-2007 "Stranger In Town"), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2019 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • 2020 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), dies at 102
  • 2021 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), dies at 74