On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 6

  • 1596 Giaches de Wert, Franco-Flemish composer of madrigals, dies at approximately 60
  • 1666 Paul Siefert, German organist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1678 Joseph Chabanceau de La Barre, French composer, dies at 44
  • 1776 James Kent, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1794 Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1814 George Joseph Vogler, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1836 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, English clergyman and composer (Selection of Sacred Music), dies at 78
  • 1841 John Thomson, Scottish composer, dies at 35
  • 1852 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • 1890 Hubert Léonard, Belgian violinist, and pedagogue (Brussels Conservatoire, 1848-67), dies at 71
  • 1892 Ernest Guiraud, French opera composer (Piccolino; Sylvie), arranger (Bizet), and teacher, dies at 54
  • 1916 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1936 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1949 Kunihiko Hashimoto, Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, and musical educator, dies of gastric cancer at 44
  • 1952 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60
  • 1960 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • 1963 Ted Weems [Wemyes], American jazz trombonist, violin player and big band leader, dies of emphysema at 61
  • 1964 Harold Morris, American pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1973 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • 1983 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist ("Georgia On My Mind"), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1985 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • 1988 Paul Wilson, American baritone doo-wop singer (Flamingos, 1952-64 - "Lovers Never Say Goodbye") dies at 53

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1992 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

  • 1994 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1995 Leonard "Red" Truss, American R&B singer (The Steelers - "Get It From The Bottom"), dies at 47
  • 1995 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), dies at 67
  • 1999 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • 2000 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), dies at 78
  • 2002 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2002 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), dies at 96
  • 2004 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • 2007 Đorđe Novković, Croatian pop singer-songwriter (Pro Arte), and television personality (Hrvatski Idol), dies at 63
  • 2015 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • 2020 Brian Howe, British rock singer (Bad Company, 1986-93 - "This Love"; "Holy Water"), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2021 Pervis Staples, American gospel vocalist (The Staple Singers -"Uncloudy Day"), dies at 85