On This Day

Deaths in Music on March 23

  • 1658 Valentin Dretzel, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1669 Philipp Buchner, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1748 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1756 Georg Gottfried Wagner, German composer, dies at 57
  • 1783 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • 1806 George Pinto, English composer, dies at 20
  • 1809 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer, dies at 60
  • 1816 Ignaz Vitzthumb, Austrian musician, composer, and conductor, dies at 91
  • 1818 Nicolas Isouard, French composer, dies at 42
  • 1821 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, dies at 56
  • 1832 Wilhelm Würfel, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1869 Charles Lucas, English composer and Principle of the Royal Academy of Music, dies at 60
  • 1880 Gustav Adolf Mankell, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Nikolay Rubinstein, composer, dies at 45
  • 1918 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, dies at 27
  • 1943 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47

  • 1946 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • 1978 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • 1983 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • 1995 Alan Barton, English singer (Smokie, Black Lace), dies in a bus crash at 41
  • 1995 Danny Apolinar, American composer & songwriter, dies at 61
  • 1995 Ripley L. Ingram, American singer, dies at 65
  • 1996 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, dies at 73
  • 2002 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Cindy Walker, American singer, songwriter and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • 2010 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), dies at 94
  • 2015 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), dies at 107
  • 2017 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92