Musicians Who Died on May 14

  • 1801 Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
  • 1820 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, dies at 43
  • 1833 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer, dies at 88
  • 1847 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, German composer, dies at 41
  • 1863 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer, dies at 46
  • 1870 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer, dies at 69
  • 1877 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • 1904 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • 1959 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), dies of lung cancer on his 62nd birthday
  • 1976 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1980 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1990 Andre Ameller, French double bassist (Paris Opéra, 1937-53), conductor, composer, and educator (École Nationale de Musique - Dijon, 1953-81), dies at 78
  • 1997 Thelma Carpenter, American radio and jazz band singer (Coleman Hawkins; Count Basie) and stage and screen actress (Barefoot In The Park), dies of cardiac arrest at 76

Frank Sinatra

1998 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls"), dies at 82

  • 2006 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • 2012 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, dies at 86

B.B. King

2015 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

  • 2020 (Guillermo) "Jorge" Santana, Mexican rock guitarist (Malo- "Suavecito"), dies at 68
  • 2020 Ezio Bosso, Italian pianist, composer (Rain, In Your Black Eyes; Domes of Freedom), and conductor, dies from complications of a neurodegenerative syndrome at 48
  • 2021 Ester Mägi, Estonian composer 'First Lady of Estonian music', dies at 99