On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 10

  • 1710 Georg Dietrich Leiding, composer, dies at 46
  • 1760 Johann Christoph Graupner, German harpsichordist and Baroque composer, dies at 77
  • 1770 Charles Avison, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1785 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, dies at 36
  • 1789 Guillaume-Gommaire Kennis, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1820 Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, dies at 49
  • 1826 Giuseppe Sigismondo, Italian historian and composer, dies at 86
  • 1869 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German composer and violonist, dies at 66
  • 1880 John Goss, English composer and organist (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), dies at 79
  • 1885 Edward Stephen, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1885 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 73
  • 1897 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1900 Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, mostly of hymns ("Carol"; "Fairest Lord Jesus"), dies at 81
  • 1942 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • 1964 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • 1964 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, dies at 66

  • 1971 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • 1971 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), dies at 75
  • 1984 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, dies at 51
  • 1989 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • 1992 Joan Merrill, American pop vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • 1992 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz and cabaret singer and actress ("I Could Have Danced All Night"; South Pacific - "Bloody May"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 1995 Jimmy Raney, American jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • 1999 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter ("A Boy Named Sue"; "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • 2000 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • 2005 David Wayne, American singer (Metal Church) (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • 2008 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2020 Betty Wright [Bessie Norris], American R&B singer-songwriter ("Clean Up Woman"), dies at 66