On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 22

  • 1781 Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, Anglo-Irish composer, dies at 45
  • 1801 Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, composer, dies at 58
  • 1825 Domenico Corri, Italian composer, dies at 80
  • 1878 Franz von Holstein, composer, dies at 52
  • 1949 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), dies at 80
  • 1953 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, dies at 70

Person of interestLangston Hughes

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

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 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, composer, dies at 65
  • 1989 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1993 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100 (b. 1892)
  • 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 and bass singer (Tony the Tiger, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch), dies from prostate cancer at 91
  • 2006 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, dies at 90
  • 2011 1918-11-27 - 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
  • 2020 Mory Kanté, Guinean singer and kora harp player (Yé ké yé ké), dies at 70