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

Hector BerliozHector Berlioz (1803-1869)

French composer (Symphonie fantastique), dies at 65

  • 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
  • 1965 Tadd Dameron, American jazz pianist, composer ("If You Could See Me Now"; "Lady Bird"), arranger (Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine) and band leader, dies of cancer at 48
  • 1967 Herman "Ivory" Chittison, American jazz pianist (Harlem Rhythm Makers), dies at 58
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rock singer, harmonica player, and occasional keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1965-72), dies of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage 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 Walton, English composer (Troilus & Cressida; Belhazzar's Feast), dies at 80
  • 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 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • 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 heavy metal drummer (Helloween), commits suicide by jumping in front of a train 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

George MartinGeorge Martin (1926-2016)

British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90

  • 2018 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), dies at 93
  • 2019 Michael Gielen, Austrian conductor (Frankfurt Opera, 1967-87); Cincinnati Symphony, 1980-86); Southwest German Radio Symphony, 1986-99), and composer, dies at 91
  • 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
  • 2022 Ron Miles, American jazz cornetist, composer, and bandleader, dies Polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder, at 58