Deaths in Music on October 15

  • 1682 John Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 56
  • 1883 Francesco Schira, composer, dies at 74
  • 1900 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), dies at 49
  • 1914 Aleksander Rozycki, composer, dies at 69

Person of interestMata Hari

1917 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, executed by firing squad at 41

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1955 Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • 1964 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist (Still of the Night), dies at 73
  • 1965 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • 1968 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, dies at 57
  • 1985 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • 1993 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orchestra), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 2008 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • 2011 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), dies from pneumonia at 91