On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 23

  • 1304 Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
  • 1834 Charles Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1875 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1887 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1891 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • 1926 Hans Koessler, German composer, conductor and music teacher, dies at 73
  • 1941 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, dies at 45
  • 1952 Georg Alfred Schumann, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1967 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47
  • 1968 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • 1969 Jimmy McHugh, American composer ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; "On the Sunny Side of the Street"; "I'm In The Mood For Love"), dies at 74
  • 1974 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82
  • 1987 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • 1989 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • 1991 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • 1991 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), dies at 95
  • 1992 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • 1995 Mick Pyne, British touring and session jazz pianist (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame: Charlie Watts), dies at 54
  • 1995 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67
  • 1997 Lovie Lee [Edward Lee Watson], American electric blues pianist, singer, and songwriter, dies at 88
  • 2003 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • 2010 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), dies at 68