On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 6

  • 1753 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1851 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, dies at 63
  • 1860 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
  • 1867 Wiktor Kazynski, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

1932 John Philip Sousa, American composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

  • 1936 Rubin Goldmark, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Josef Stránský, Czech conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1911-23) dies at 63
  • 1945 Rudolf Karel, Czech composer (Three Hairs of the Wise Old Man), dies of dysentery and pneumonia while in Theresienstadt concentration camp at 64
  • 1951 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • 1954 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, dies at 80
  • 1961 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56
  • 1962 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • 1965 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58
  • 1966 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • 1967 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1967 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), dies at 84

  • 1968 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 1971 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1973 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1983 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1984 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1988 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1994 Leighton Noble, singer/Bandleader, dies at 81
  • 1994 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, dies at 46
  • 1996 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 2006 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • 2009 Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 79
  • 2010 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 2012 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2012 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), dies in a car crash at 78
  • 2012 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), dies at 91
  • 2013 Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country artist, dies from natural causes at 77
  • 2013 Alvin Lee, English rocker, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2017 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • 2020 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81