On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 22

  • 1781 Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, Anglo-Irish composer, dies at 45
  • 1801 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, German composer, and translator, dies at 58
  • 1825 Domenico Corri, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1878 Franz von Holstein, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1922 Ada Jane Jones, English-American popular singer, among the earliest female singers to be recorded, dies of kidney failure at 48
  • 1949 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), dies at 80
  • 1953 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, dies at 70

Langston Hughes

1967 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

  • 1971 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), dies at 50
  • 1977 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • 1978 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, dies at 83
  • 1987 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, and opera director dies at 65
  • 1989 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist, dies from multiple organ failure due to AIDS at 36
  • 1993 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100
  • 1998 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), dies at 63
  • 2001 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • 2005 Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger), and bass singer ("You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"), dies from prostate cancer at 91
  • 2006 Jack Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, fiddler (The Beatles - "Don't Pass Me By"), and concert promoter, dies at 90
  • 2011 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • 2013 Henri Dutilleux, French composer (Tout un monde lointain, L'arbre des songes), dies at 97
  • 2017 Barbara Smith Conrad, American operatic mezzo-soprano singer, and educator (Wagner Theater), dies at 79
  • 2017 (Granville) "Mickey" Roker, American jazz drummer (Art Farmer; Milt Jackson; Dizzy Gillespie), dies suffering from diabetes and lung cancer at 84
  • 2020 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), dies at 70