Musicians Who Died on March 16

  • 1736 Giovanni B Pergolesi, Italian composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 26
  • 1806 Giuseppe Colla, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1819 Nicolas Sejan, composer, dies at 73
  • 1867 Benjamin Hanby, composer, dies at 33
  • 1887 Emanuel Kania, Polish composer, dies at 59
  • 1919 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 39
  • 1955 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • 1956 Joseph John Richards, American composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • 1967 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • 1968 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1970 Mary Ann Ganser, American pop singer (The Shangri-Las - "Leader of the Pack"), dies of a drug overdose at 22
  • 1970 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need; with Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • 1984 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1985 Roger Sessions, American Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Concerto for Orchestra; The Black Maskers), musicologist, and educator (Princeton, 1936-45, 53-65; Berkeley, 1945-53), dies at 88
  • 1990 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • 1994 (Charles) Russell Woolen, American classical keyboardist and composer (In Martyrum Memoriam), dies at 71
  • 1995 Sydney Simone, band leader, dies at 80
  • 1996 Joseph Lee Pope, singer, dies at 62
  • 1999 Eric Norman Stokes, American composer, dies in an auto accident at 68
  • 2004 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor (BBC Concert Orchestra, 1956-66), opera director and educator (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1966-92), and composer, dies at 93
  • 2008 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • 2013 Bobby Smith, American R&B singer (The Spinners), dies from complications of influenza and pneumonia at 76
  • 2014 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • 2015 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • 2016 Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and bandleaderr, dies at 72
  • 2017 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • 2018 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • 2019 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, dies at 81