On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 22

  • 1687 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), dies at 54
  • 1727 Francesco Gasparini, Italian baroque composer (Ambleto; Missa Canonica), dies at 59
  • 1758 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, dies at 87
  • 1796 Gaspare Gabellone, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • 1798 Justin Morgan, American composer and horse breeder, dies at 51
  • 1824 Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1845 Franz Joseph Volkert, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 67
  • 1867 Ferdinando Giorgetti, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1906 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1909 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 66
  • 1929 Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1951 Willem Mengelberg, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw Orchestra, NY Philharmonic 1922-30), dies at 79
  • 1952 "Uncle" Dave Macon, American vaudeville and Grand Ole Opry banjo player, singer-songwriter and comedian, dies at 81
  • 1977 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, dies at 87
  • 1977 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • 1986 Mark Dinning, American singer ("Teen Angel"), dies of a heart attack at 52

  • 1991 Dave Guard, American singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1993 Gret Palucca, German dancer and choreographer (Entartet), dies at 91
  • 1993 Phia Berghout, Dutch harpist, dies at 83
  • 1994 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America") dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1996 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), dies from post-operative complications at 50
  • 1996 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), dies at 76
  • 1996 (William Famous) Billy Williamson, American steel guitar player ( Bill Haley and His Saddlemen; Bill Haley & His Comets), dies at 71
  • 2001 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • 2005 Rod Price, British rock and blues guitar and slide guitar player (Foghat, 1971-80 - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2008 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • 2013 Derek Watkins, British trumpet player and composer (The Spy Who Loved Me, Skyfall), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2013 Gerardo Gandini, Argentinian pianist and composer (Laberynthus Johannes), dies at 76
  • 2015 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79
  • 2016 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • 2018 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2019 Carlo Franci, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 91 [1]
  • 2019 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2019 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 95
  • 2020 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), dies of Alzheimer’s at 80
  • 2020 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), dies at 81