Musicians Who Died on October 15

  • 1682 John Ferrabosco, English organist at Ely Cathedral and composer, dies at 56
  • 1833 Michał Ogiński, Polish politician, violinist, balalaika player, and composer (Farewell to My Homeland), dies at 68
  • 1883 Francesco Schira, Maltese-born 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

ExecutionMata Hari

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

  • 1955 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41

Cole Porter

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

  • 1965 Carl Hoff, American 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 Symphony 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