Musicians Who Died on March 3

  • 1766 Gregor Joseph Werner, Austrian Baroque composer and kapellmeister, dies at 73
  • 1768 Nicola Antonio Porpora, Italian composer, and voice teacher, dies at 81
  • 1800 Johann Baptist Christoph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1822 Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist and composer, dies at 81
  • 1824 Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1889 (Edward) Sydney Smith, British pianist and composer, dies at 49
  • 1926 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 58
  • 1932 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67
  • 1934 Norman O'Neill, English theatrical composer (Mary Rose) and conductor, dies from injuries sustained after being struck by a package delivery tricycle at 58
  • 1945 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, killed in the RAF's bombing of the Bezuidenhout at 75
  • 1948 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • 1961 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • 1965 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), dies at 88
  • 1967 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1976 Alfred Sendrey [Szendrei], Hungarian-American organist, conductor, musicologist, and composer, dies at 92
  • 1991 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • 1993 Carlos Montoya, American flamenco guitarist (Suite Flamenco 1966), dies at 89
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French composer/dir/actor (A Nos Amours), dies at 35
  • 1994 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, dies at 49
  • 1994 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Polish-Israeli composer and music editor, dies at 75
  • 1997 Finn Høffding, Danish composer (Karlsvognen), dies at 97
  • 2000 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer ("La Montanara" (The Song of the Mountains), conductor, and alpinist, dies at 95
  • 2002 Harlan Howard, American country music songwriter, dies at 74
  • 2003 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), dies at 98
  • 2008 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • 2008 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, British sound engineer (The Beatles, 1962-65), producer (Pink Floyd; The Pretty Things), and musician ("Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"; "Don't Let It Die"), dies at 85
  • 2010 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • 2011 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer (Collage), and teacher (University of Bologna, 1971-92), dies at 85
  • 2012 Frank Marocco, American jazz, pop, classical, and session accordionist, arranger and composer, dies at 81
  • 2012 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 64
  • 2013 Bobby Rogers, American pop and soul tenor vocalist (The Miracles - "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"), and songwriter ("Going To A Go-Go"; "The Way You Do the Things You Do"), dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2017 Jim Fuller, American 'Godfather of Surf Guitar' and songwriter (The Safaris - "Wipe Out"), dies at 69
  • 2017 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • 2017 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2017 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), found dead of apparent suicide at 46
  • 2018 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls; Boys Forever), dies at 32
  • 2019 Peter Hurford, British organist, composer and choral conductor (St. Albans Cathedral), dies at 88