On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 10

  • 1676 Sebastian Knupfer, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1727 Alphonse d'Ève, Flemish Baroque composer, dies at 61
  • 1745 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1789 Pierre-Louis Couperin, French organist and composer, dies at 34
  • 1825 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), dies at 73
  • 1836 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, dies at 61
  • 1843 Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer, dies at 75
  • 1856 Mikhail Vielgorsky, Russian composer, dies at 67
  • 1867 Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, composer, dies at 60
  • 1889 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, dies at 75
  • 1939 Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

1963 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French singer (No, I Don't Regret Anything; Le Vie En Rose), dies of liver cancer at 47

Singer Edith Piaf
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Edith Piaf
  • 1964 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1964 Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
  • 1964 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76
  • 1967 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, dies at 66

  • 1976 Connee Boswell, American jazz singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68
  • 1976 Silvana Armenulic, Yugoslavian folk singer (b. 1939)
  • 1978 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • 1979 Paul Paray, French organist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1951-62), and composer, dies at 93
  • 1986 (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier, South African-British composer (Ploërmel), dies at 83
  • 1993 Catherine Collard, French concert pianist (Schumann; Brahms), and teacher, dies of cancer at 46
  • 1994 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • 1997 George Malcolm, British keyboard player and conductor (Westminster Cathedral Master of the Music, 1947-59), dies at 80
  • 2000 Ferenc Farkas, Hungarian composer, dies at 94
  • 2002 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54
  • 2003 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), dies at 77
  • 2009 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What") dies of a congenital heart defect at 33
  • 2010 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer ("Cry To Me"; Diamond In Your Mind"), dies at 70
  • 2010 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano, known as 'La Stupenda' (Metropolitan Opera debut 1961), dies at 83
  • 2011 Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • 2013 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2014 Curtis Otto Bismark Curtis-Smith, American pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 73