Musicians Who Died on October 17

  • 1825 Peter Winter, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1837 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58

Frédéric ChopinFrédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Polish pianist and composer (Concerto in F Minor), dies of tuberculosis at 39

  • 1890 Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton, French composer, dies at 77
  • 1897 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • 1904 Nikolai Amani, Russian composer, dies at 32
  • 1909 Nicola Spinelli, Italian composer, dies at 44
  • 1910 Julia Ward Howe, American poet (Battle Hymn of the Republic), author, abolitionist, and women's suffragist, dies of pneumonia at 91
  • 1944 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45 (b. 1899)
  • 1962 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, dies at 55
  • 1966 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • 1975 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • 1979 Karel Reiner, Czech pianist, composer, and Theresienstadt concentration camp survivor, dies at 69
  • 1981 David Guion, American pianist, composer, and cowboy, dies at 88
  • 1984 Alberta Hunter, American blues singer and composer, dies at 89
  • 1991 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor (I Love Lucy; The Ford Show), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 1993 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), dies at 30
  • 1996 Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British composer and conductor, dies at 93
  • 1996 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), takes his own life at 30
  • 2001 Jay Livingston, American composer ("Buttons & Bows"; "Mona Lisa"; "Tammy"), dies at 86
  • 2002 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • 2004 Uzi Hitman, Israeli pop singer-songwriter, actor, and television personality, dies of a heart attack at 22)
  • 2007 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76
  • 2008 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), dies at 72
  • 2009 Vic Mizzy, American composer and band leader (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family), dies at 93
  • 2017 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), dies of glioblastoma at 53
  • 2017 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95
  • 2019 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • 2019 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92