On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 11

  • 1631 Christoph Buel, German composer, dies at 57
  • 1742 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker & son of Antonius, dies at 70
  • 1819 Kaspar Furstenau, German composer, dies at 47
  • 1845 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian composer & pianist child prodigy, dies of tuberculosis at 14
  • 1849 Otto Nicolai, German composer & conductor, dies at 38 of a stroke
  • 1907 John Albert Delany, Australian composer, dies at 54
  • 1916 Max Reger, German composer, pianist and professor (Leipzig Univ), dies at 43
  • 1917 Otto Adolf Klauwell, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1937 Viliam Figuš-Bystrý, Slovak composer, dies at 62
  • 1947 Ture Rangström, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • 1952 Giovanni Tebaldini, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • 1970 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 1976 Camille Schmit, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • 1979 Lester Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies at 64

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1981 Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician ("One Love"; "Three Little Birds"; "No Woman, No Cry"), dies of brain and lung cancer at 36

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  • 1982 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), dies at 70

  • 1989 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, dies at 64
  • 1994 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist ("Forty Cups of Coffee"), dies at 68
  • 1994 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), dies at 63
  • 1995 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • 1996 Bruce Boyce, Canadian-born American singer & teacher, dies at 85
  • 1996 Walter Hyatt, American singer-songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), dies in a plane crash in the Florida Everglades at 46
  • 2003 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 57
  • 2004 John Whitehead, American songwriter and soul singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" ), murdered outside of his home at 55
  • 2005 Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer, and composer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Yossi Banai, Israeli pop and cabaret singer, and actor dies of cancer at 74
  • 2008 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies when her tour bus crashes at 74
  • 2008 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush, 1974), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • 2011 (Eugene) "Snooky" Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • 2013 Oliver "Ollie" Mitchell, American musician & bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), dies of cancer at 86
  • 2014 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist (Foreigner, 1976-79 - "Feels Like The First Time"), dies from cancer at 62
  • 2018 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), found dead after a suffering from mental illness at 36
  • 2020 John "Moon" Martin, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Bad Case Of Loving You"), dies at 74