Deaths in Music 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, composer, dies at 33
  • 1828 Johann Anton Sulzer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1862 Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
  • 1869 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), 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 Jose Serrano Simeon, 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 (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • 1973 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, 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)
  • 1992 Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
  • 1993 Billy Eckstine, jazz singer (Fools Rush In), dies at 78 of stroke
  • 1995 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (b. 1965)
  • 1996 Paul Lewis Harrhy, actor/opera singer (Intelligence Park), dies at 38
  • 1999 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • 2003 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • 2015 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71