Musicians Who Died on November 8

  • 1578 Johann Walter, German Lutheran composer, dies at 51
  • 1599 Francisco Guerrero, Spanish composer and Catholic priest, dies at 71
  • 1757 Pierre Prowo, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1833 Maximilian Stadler, Austrian pianist and composer and Benedictine monk, dies at 85
  • 1880 Jacob Edvard Gille, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • 1890 Caesar Franck, Belgian organist and composer (Symphonic Variations), dies at 67
  • 1908 Victorien Sardou, French playwright, several of which were adapted as operas (Fedora, Tosca; Madame Sans-Gene), dies at 77
  • 1909 Charles Bordes, French composer, dies at 46
  • 1909 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Sergei Lyapunov, Russian pianist and composer (Lezghinka), dies at 64
  • 1963 Simon Jurovsky, Slovak composer and conductor, dies at 51
  • 1968 James "Kokomo" Arnold, American blues slide guitarist, and singer, dies at 67 [or 72]
  • 1974 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer, piano player, and songwriter ("Since I Met You Baby"), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1984 Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, Norwegian composer, dies at 81
  • 1986 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78
  • 1991 Frances Faye, American cabernet singer and actress (Pretty Baby), dies after a stroke ay 79
  • 1991 John Kirkpatrick, American pianist and musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies at 86
  • 1992 Keith "Red" Mitchell, American jazz double bassist, composer, and lyricist (Hampton Hawes; André Previn), dies from a stroke at 65
  • 1995 Country Dick Montana [Daniel McLain], American rock drummer and vocalist (The Beat Farmers - "Happy Boy"), dies on stage during a performance in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada at age 40
  • 1996 Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., Italian-American conductor, symphonic and film score composer (Le Carrosse d’or), and electronic music pioneer (Fonosynth), dies at 76
  • 1998 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, dies at 43
  • 1999 Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
  • 2000 Brian Boydell, Irish composer, dies at 83
  • 2003 Guy Speranza, American heavy metal singer (Riot, 1975-81), dies of pancreatic cancer at 47
  • 2004 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), dies at 90
  • 2006 Basil Poledouris, American film score composer, dies of cancer at 61
  • 2011 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rap artist, dies at 44
  • 2021 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture"), dies at 84
  • 2022 Dan McCafferty, Scottish rock vocalist (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), dies at 76
  • 2022 Jeff Cook, American country music guitarist, singer and fiddler (Alabama - "Mountain Music"), dies at 73