On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 13

  • 1732 Theodor Schwartzkopff, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1787 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, dies at 38
  • 1793 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, dies at 72
  • 1812 Johann Matthias Sperger, Austrian double bassist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1873 Kaspar Masek, Czech-Slovenian composer, dies at 79
  • 1931 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, dies at 79
  • 1942 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), dies of alcohol-related problems at 41
  • 1945 Alfred "Tubby" Hall, American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Louis Armstrong), dies at 49
  • 1971 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • 1975 Bob Wills, American musician, known as the 'King of Western Swing' ("Steel Guitar Rag"), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • 1975 Vladislav Zolotaryov, Soviet Russian bayanist (button accordion player), and composer (Six Children's Suites), takes his own life at 53
  • 1981 Carl Weinrich, American organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), dies at 64
  • 1982 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1987 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, dies at 70
  • 1988 (Chesney) "Chet" Baker, American jazz trumpeter and vocalist ("My Funny Valentine"), falls to his death from an Amsterdam hotel balcony at 59
  • 2000 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), dies at 50
  • 2005 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), dies at 56
  • 2010 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • 2011 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • 2011 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser), dies at 68
  • 2011 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • 2012 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist (Booker T & The MG's; Stax Records house band; The Blues Brothers), dies at 70
  • 2015 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), dies after a fall at 87
  • 2019 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89

Doris Day

2019 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer ("Sentimental Journey; "Que Sera, Sera"), actress known as the "girl next door" (Pillow Talk; The Man Who Knew Too Much), and animal rights activist, dies of pneumonia at 97