Deaths in Music on May 24

  • 1762 Joseph Umstatt, Austrian composer, dies at 51
  • 1773 Jan Zach, composer, dies at 73
  • 1826 Friedrich Fesca, composer, dies at 37
  • 1831 Benjamin Carr, composer, dies at 62
  • 1871 Francisco Salvador Daniel, composer, dies at 40
  • 1894 William Joseph Westbrook, composer, dies at 63
  • 1918 Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor
  • 1948 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • 1963 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • 1968 Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1974 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1987 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • 1991 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • 1994 Sandor Lakatos, Hungarian violist/orchestra leader, dies at 69
  • 1995 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • 1996 Jacob Druckman, American composer, dies at 67
  • 2009 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)