On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 18

  • 1697 Guillaume Dumanoir, French composer, dies at 81
  • 1733 Georg Bohm, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • 1767 Thaddaus Ferdinand Lipowsky, German composer, dies at 28
  • 1829 Bernardo Bittoni, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1832 Bonafacio Asioli, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1909 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist & composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • 1910 Florimond Van Duyse, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1910 Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano & composer, dies at 88
  • 1911 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer & conductor (Children's Death Songs), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1913 Otto Reubke, German organist, conductor, and composer, dies at 70
  • 1918 Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, dies after being shot in a quarrel at 34
  • 1930 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, dies at 68
  • 1936 Alexander "Alick" Maclean, British composer and conductor (Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 1912-35), dies at 63
  • 1952 Rossetter Gleason Cole, American composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • 1975 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66

  • 1980 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1986 John Bubbles Sublett, American tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • 1988 David Moule-Evans, English composer & conductor, dies at 82
  • 1995 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer & actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995 Gordon Reynolds, English organist & master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • 1995 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist & composer, dies at 93
  • 1999 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • 1999 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • 2000 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician & arranger, dies at 54
  • 2000 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), dies at 80
  • 2004 Elvin Jones, Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2007 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer & movie actor, dies at 74
  • 2009 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • 2012 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86
  • 2014 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • 2017 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • 2017 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • 2017 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk), dies at 74