On This Day

Deaths in Music on May 8

  • 1684 Henri Dumont, Dutch composer, dies at 73 or 74
  • 1818 Franz Ignaz Kaa, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1829 Mauro Giuliani, Italian musician and composer, dies at 47
  • 1846 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • 1885 Pavel Křížkovský, Czech choral composer and conductor (Sts. Cyril and Methodius), dies at 65
  • 1930 (Ivar) Henning Mankell, Swedish pianist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1948 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • 1959 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician and pianist, takes his own life at 55
  • 1960 Hugo Alfvén, Swedish violinist, conductor, and composer (Midsommarvaka - Midsummer Vigil), dies at 88
  • 1967 Laverne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), dies at 55
  • 1974 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • 1985 Karl Marx, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • 1990 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • 1991 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), dies at 84
  • 1993 Kees Deenik, Dutch singer, bandleader, and broadcaster, dies at 78-ish
  • 1995 Carroll Best, American bluegrass banjo player, and educator, shot to death by his brother at 64
  • 1995 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; "The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, dies from a severe asthma attack at 42
  • 1996 Jane Cowan, British cello teacher (International Cello Centre), dies at 80
  • 2000 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, dies at 83
  • 2006 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now"), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2008 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), dies at 89
  • 2011 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), dies of emphysema at 68
  • 2015 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), dies at 93
  • 2015 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, dies at 81
  • 2017 Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors, 1996), dies at 78