On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 2

  • 1627 Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  • 1799 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Gott und die Natur - God and Nature), dies at 72
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1897 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • 1937 Arthur Somervell, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1954 Pauline Manifarges, Dutch contralto singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Tadeusz Jarecki, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 66
  • 1957 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • 1963 Tomás Vačkář , Czech composer, dies at 17
  • 1973 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers, 1944-50; Afterglow), dies at 52
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy [John LeRoy Schotte], American vaudeville, Broadway and film dancer (Ziegfeld's Follies of 1931), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1985 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 75
  • 1990 William Levi Dawson, American composer, choirmaster, and musicologist dies at 90
  • 1992 Joey Cuevas, American movie dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1998 "hide" [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist (X Japan; Zilch), hangs himself at 33
  • 2003 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer ("The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 87
  • 2012 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90
  • 2013 Jeff Hanneman, American haevy metal guitarist (Slayer), dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2014 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), dies of complications from a stroke at 65
  • 2015 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • 2015 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • 2015 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), dies at 75
  • 2017 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, dies of Parkinson's Disease at 89
  • 2017 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, dies at 71
  • 2018 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter ("Cain and Abel"), dies at 80
  • 2018 Herman Krebbers, Dutch concert violinist, dies at 94
  • 2021 Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer, and choreographer (NYC Ballet Company, 1949-84), actor (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), and educator (founded National Dance Institute, 1976), dies from stroke complications at 86 [1]