On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 15

  • 1682 John Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 56
  • 1833 Michał Ogiński, Polish politician, violinist, the balalaika player, and composer (Farewell to My Homeland), dies at 68
  • 1883 Francesco Schira, composer, dies at 74
  • 1900 Zdenek Fibich, Czech classical composer (Šárka, The Bride of Messina), dies at 49
  • 1914 Aleksander Różycki, Polish pianist, composer, and music teacher dies at 59

BattleMata 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, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41

Person of interestCole Porter

1964 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist ("Anything Goes"; "Night And Day"; "I've Got You Under My Skin"), dies at 73

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1965 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • 1968 Franz Reizenstein, German-British pianist, composer, and educator (Concerto Popolare), dies at 57
  • 1985 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • 1988 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [Leon Dudley Sorabji], Parsi-British pianist and composer (Opus clavicembalisticum), dies of heart failure at 96
  • 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
  • 2013 Gloria Lynne [Wilson], American jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2019 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), dies of Alzheimer complications at 92
  • 2020 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), dies of cancer at 74