Musicians Who Died on October 19

  • 1758 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1786 Pietro Alessandro Pavona, composer, dies at 58
  • 1793 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
  • 1810 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), dies at 83
  • 1932 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Isham Jones, American saxophonist, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1959 Stanley Bate, English composer, dies at 45
  • 1960 Günter Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • 1961 John Fernström, Swedish violinist, conductor (Nordic Youth Orchestra), and composer (Concertino for Flute, Women's Choir and Chamber Orchestra), dies at 63
  • 1986 Moses Asch, Polish-American recording engineer (founder of Folkways Records), dies at 81 [1]
  • 1987 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies from complications of multiple sclerosis at 42
  • 1988 Edward "Son" House, American delta blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Walking Blues"; "Preachin' The Blues"), dies of larynx cancer at 86
  • 1989 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), dies of pneumonia at 36
  • 1992 Maurice Le Roux, French conductor and film score composer (Kamouraska), dies at 69
  • 1995 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 1997 Glen Buxton, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, dies at 49
  • 2000 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer ("Right On the Tip of My Tongue"), dies from a stomach infection at 59
  • 2005 Dallas Cook, American ska-funk trombonist (Suburban Legends), killed in a motorcycle accident at 23
  • 2007 Yolanda "LaLa" Brown, American R&B singer, shot and killed by an unknown gunman at a Milwaukee recording studio at 21
  • 2013 Noel Harrison, British singer and actor, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2013 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 2013 Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Oedipus), dies at 91
  • 2014 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), dies at 60
  • 2014 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, dies of stroke complications at 65
  • 2016 Yvette Chauviré, French ballerina, dies at 99
  • 2020 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • 2020 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
  • 2021 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), dies at 90
  • 2022 Joanna Simon, American mezzo-soprano (1962-86), and Emmy Award-winning arts journalist (PBS, 1986-92), dies of thyroid cancer at 85 [1]