On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 18

  • 1545 John Taverner, English composer (Western Wynde), dies at about 55
  • 1767 Joseph Paul Ziegler, Austrian composer, dies at 45
  • 1771 Robert Praelisauer, German composer, music director, and priest, dies at 62
  • 1788 Jean-Guillain Cardon, composer, dies at 56
  • 1817 Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • 1832 Othon Joseph Vandenbroek, composer, dies at 73
  • 1864 Jacques-François Gallay, French horn player and composer, dies at 68
  • 1893 Charles Gounod, French composer (La reine the Saba), dies at 75
  • 1943 Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • 1944 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), murdered in gas chamber at Auschwitz at 46
  • 1944 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • 1953 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • 1956 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • 1963 Claudio Carneyro, composer, dies at 68
  • 1965 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • 1991 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian jazz pianist, and orchestral and film score composer (Litany In Atlanta; The Dorian Cage), dies at 78

  • 1994 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1999 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • 2000 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), dies at 74
  • 2000 Gwyneth “Gwen” Verdon, American actress, singer and dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • 2001 Micheline Ostermeyer, French athlete and musician (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, dies at 94
  • 2007 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, dies at 43
  • 2007 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist, dies of meningitis at 38
  • 2008 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • 2012 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2014 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • 2018 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), dies at 103