Deaths in Music on May 31

  • 1696 Heinrich Schwemmer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1809 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (Jahreszeiten), dies at 77
  • 1854 Vatroslav Lisinski, composer, dies at 34
  • 1947 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67
  • 1948 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • 1955 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • 1962 Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67
  • 1967 Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (b. 1915)
  • 1994 Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1994 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • 1995 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 59
  • 1998 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, dies at 76
  • 2000 Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2000 Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Robert Quine, American guitarist, dies at 61
  • 2004 √Čtienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924)