Deaths in Music on October 16

  • 1621 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, organist/composer, dies at about 59
  • 1655 Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (b. 1591)
  • 1726 Giovanni Maria Capelli, composer, dies at 77
  • 1750 Silvius Leopold Weiss, German composer and lutenist, dies at 64
  • 1799 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, composer, dies at 44
  • 1814 Juan Jose Landaeta, composer, dies at 34
  • 1822 Eva Marie Veigel [La Violette], Austrian ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick, dies at 98
  • 1836 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer, dies at 33
  • 1880 Edward Wolff, composer, dies at 64
  • 1893 Carlo Pedrotti, composer, dies at 75
  • 1918 Felix Arndt, American composer, dies during the Spanish Flu pandemic at 29
  • 1919 Charles Harford Lloyd, composer, dies on 70th birthday
  • 1920 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer/conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • 1939 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer, dies at 63
  • 1944 Eric Westberg, composer, dies at 52
  • 1946 Granville Ransome Bantock, English composer/conductor, dies at 78

  • 1949 Hale A. VanderCook, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1973 Gene Krupa, US jazz and swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • 1974 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • 1982 Jacov Gotovac, composer, dies at 86
  • 1982 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • 1983 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
  • 1983 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • 1986 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • 1987 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • 1990 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1990 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-American classical pianist (b. 1914)
  • 1991 Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies
  • 1994 William Henry Swinburne, music teacher, dies at 87
  • 1996 James Wild, music teacher, dies at 68
  • 2001 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2005 "Len" Dresslar, American singer and voice actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 David Reilly, American singer (God Lives Underwater) (b. 1971)
  • 2006 Tommy Johnson, American tubist (b. 1935)
  • 2007 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • 2010 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • 2014 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72