Musicians Who Died on March 5

  • 1732 Joseph François Salomon, French composer, dies at 82

Thomas Arne

1778 Thomas Arne, British composer (Rule Britannia, A-Hunting We Will Go), dies at 67

  • 1795 Josef Reicha, composer, dies at 42
  • 1873 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, dies at 34
  • 1876 Marie d'Agoult [pen name Daniel Stern], French author and mother of composer Franz Liszt's children, dies at 70
  • 1893 Richard Samuel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 37
  • 1919 Jozef Surzynski, composer, dies at 67
  • 1923 (Theodora) "Dora" Pejačević, Croatian countess and composer (Symphony in F-sharp minor, Op. 41), dies of kidney failure at 37
  • 1947 Alfredo Casella, Italian pianist, conductor (Boston Pops, 1927-29), and composer (La Giara; Concerto Romana), dies at 63
  • 1952 Vladimir Scherbachov, Soviet-Russian composer (Blokovskaya; The Thunderstorm) and professor (Leningrad Conservatory; Tbilisi Conservatory), dies at 63
  • 1953 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), dies at 61
  • 1956 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • 1962 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • 1963 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41
  • 1963 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49

Patsy Cline

1963 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), dies in a plane crash at 30

  • 1971 Winnie Lightner [Winifred Reeves], American vaudeville stage and screen actress, and singer (Gold Diggers of Broadway; Gold Dust Gertie; Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • 1972 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • 1973 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (The Animials; Jimi Hendrix), dies in a mid-air plane collision over France at 39)
  • 1977 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1977 Moses Pergament, Finnish-Swedish classical composer (The Jewish Song Choral Symphony) and music critic, dies at 83
  • 1979 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1981 (Theodore) "Red" Saunders, American jazz drummer and bandleader, based in Chicago, dies at 69
  • 1981 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), dies in a car crash at 84
  • 1982 John Belushi, American comedian, actor, and singer (Saturday Night Live; Animal House; The Blues Brothers), dies of a drug overdose at 33
  • 1984 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • 1984 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • 1994 Joe Daley, American jazz tenor, clarinet and flute player, dies at 75
  • 1995 (Victor) "Vivian" Stanshall, British singer and comic songwriter (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - "I'm The Urban Spaceman"; Magical Mystery Tour), dies in a fire at his home, at 51
  • 1999 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet; Man of La Mancha; Endless Love), dies at 76
  • 2000 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37
  • 2003 Gerhard Rosenfeld, German opera and film score composer, dies at 72
  • 2005 Sergiu Comissiona, Romanian-Israeli-American conductor (Haifa Symphony 1959-64), dies at 76
  • 2016 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • 2017 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • 2018 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, dies at 92
  • 2019 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, dies at 84
  • 2021 Michael Stanley [Gee], American rocker (Michael Stanley Band- "My Town"), dies of lung cancer at 72