On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 19

  • 1601 Costanzo Porta, Italian composer
  • 1786 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1928 Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1935 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1954 Charles Ives, American composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • 1958 Bruno Stürmer, German conductor, composer and educator dies at 65
  • 1961 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), dies at 91
  • 1969 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • 1971 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), dies at 76
  • 1986 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1992 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1998 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 76
  • 1999 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • 2001 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Nicholas Maw, British composer, dies at 73
  • 2019 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82