On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 8

  • 1640 Guillaume van Messaus, composer, dies at 50
  • 1716 Harald Vallerius, composer, dies at 69
  • 1720 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1734 Carolomannus Pachschmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 33
  • 1828 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, dies at 75
  • 1862 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56

Person of interestHector Berlioz

1869 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65

Composer Hector Berlioz
Composer
Hector Berlioz
  • 1901 Peter Benoit, Flemish composer/conductor (High Mass), dies at 66
  • 1919 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • 1931 Clara Kathleen Rogers, composer, dies at 87
  • 1941 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1950 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 John Winter Thompson, composer, dies at 83
  • 1957 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70
  • 1961 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (co-founded and led London Philharmonic, 1932-39; Royal Philharmonic, 1946-60), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27

  • 1974 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1983 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • 1988 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 1988 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab" killed by unknown gunmen as he arrived for concert at age 26 [1]
  • 1988 Ken Colyer, British New Orleans jazz devotee trumpeter, cornetist, and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1989 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), dies at 80
  • 1992 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, dies of thyroid cancer at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer, commits suicide at 29
  • 1996 Paul Harrhy, actor and opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1999 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), dies at 79
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71

Person of interestGeorge Martin

2016 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 2018 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), dies at 93
  • 2021 Julien-François Zbinden, Swiss jazz pianist, and jazz and classical composer (Monophrases), dies at 103
  • 2021 Trevor Peacock, British stage and screen actor (The Vicar of Dibley - "Jim Trott"), screenwriter, and songwriter ("Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), dies at 89