On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 20

  • 1650 Francesco Sacrati, Italian composer, dies at 44
  • 1751 Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, dies at 38
  • 1782 Carlo Giovanni Testori, composer, dies at 68
  • 1782 Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, composer, dies at 82
  • 1896 Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer of the Romantic era, dies of a stroke at 76
  • 1900 Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80
  • 1909 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • 1910 Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, French composer, dies at 88
  • 1932 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), dies of tuberculosis at 29
  • 1951 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 74
  • 1964 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 27
  • 1975 Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62
  • 1978 Ivan Harold Browning, American stage and screen actor and singer (Shuffle Along - "I'm Just Wild About Harry"), dies at 87
  • 1986 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • 1988 René Defossez, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), dies of emphysema at 67
  • 1991 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • 2000 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2001 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)

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2012 Robin Gibb, British singer-songwriter, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
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  • 2012 Robert Nix, American musician (founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section), dies at 67
  • 2013 Ray Manzarek, American musician and keyboardist (The Doors-Light My Fire, Unknown Soldier), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2013 Robert DiDomenica, American flautist, composer and educator, dies at 86
  • 2017 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • 2018 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), dies at 88