Deaths in Music on May 16

  • 1754 Giovanni Carlo Maria Clari, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1762 Ernst Chreistian Hesse, composer, dies at 86
  • 1847 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1880 Karl August Krebs, composer, dies at 76
  • 1903 Eduard Rappoldi, composer, dies at 72
  • 1929 Lilli Lehmann, soprano, dies
  • 1944 Leone Sinigaglia, composer, dies at 75

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

1953 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • 1954 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • 1972 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1978 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 1981 Ernest Aaron "Ernie" Freeman, American musician, dies at 58
  • 1981 Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • 1983 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • 1990 Samuel "Sammy" Davis Jr, American singer/dancer/actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64
  • 1992 Chalino S├ínchez, Mexican musician, murdered at 31
  • 1993 Marv Johnson, American soul singer (You Got What it Takes), dies at 54
  • 1995 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 2001 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • 2010 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • 2010 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91