On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 12

  • 1811 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, French classical cellist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1825 Elias Mann, American composer, dies at 75
  • 1825 Stanislao Mattei, Italian composer, teacher, musicologist, and monk dies at 75
  • 1843 Johann Georg Lickl, Austrian organist, kapellmeister, and composer, dies at 74
  • 1861 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, German composer, dies at 50
  • 1871 Daniel François Esprit Auber, French opera composer (Fra Diavolo), dies at 89
  • 1884 [Friedrich] Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (The Bartered Bride; Má Vlast; Moldau), dies at 60
  • 1896 Juan Morel Campos, Puerto Rican composer (Danza), dies at 38
  • 1908 Melesio Morales, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • 1924 Henri Maréchal, French composer and music critic, dies at 82
  • 1925 Arthur Napoleao dos Santos, Portuguese composer, dies at 82
  • 1931 Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and violinist, dies at 72
  • 1943 Albert Stoessel, American violinist, conductor, composer, and educator, dies of a heart attack on the podium at 48
  • 1948 Isidor Achron, American composer, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1956 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • 1960 (Cecil) Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies of pneumonia at 70
  • 1963 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • 1975 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • 1976 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), dies at 65
  • 1980 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers; Alice Sweet Alice), dies at 69
  • 1982 Humphrey Searle, British composer and musicologist (Twentieth Century Counterpoint; The Music of Franz Liszt), dies at 66
  • 1987 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1989 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • 1995 Marcel Rubin, Austrian composer, dies at 89
  • 2001 (Pierino) Perry Como, American singer ("Catch A Falling Star") and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • 2004 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • 2005 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish jazz singer (with Bill Evans - "Waltz For Debby"), and dies in an accidental apartment fire at 67
  • 2009 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop-rock singer-songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2015 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, dies at 85
  • 2016 Julius La Rosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), dies at 86
  • 2020 Astrid Kirchherr, German photographer, helped establish The Beatles image, dies at 81