Deaths in Music on March 17

  • 1801 Juan de Sesé y Balaguer, Aragonese composer, dies at 64
  • 1803 Candido Jose Ruano, composer, dies at 42
  • 1855 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, dies at 65
  • 1857 Adolph Trube, composer, dies at 42
  • 1861 Petter Conrad Boman, Swedish composer, dies at 56
  • 1862 Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62
  • 1902 George William Warren, composer, dies at 73
  • 1910 Joaquin Valverde, composer, dies at 64
  • 1927 James Scott Skinner, composer, dies at 83
  • 1953 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • 1959 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer, dies on 48th birthday
  • 1963 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • 1966 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • 1980 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • 1983 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), dies at 70
  • 1988 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • 1990 Rick Grech, rocker (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • 1995 Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
  • 1996 Terry Stafford, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 1998 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • 1999 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 2006 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2007 Roger Bennett, American Southern Gospel performer (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59