Musicians Who Died on October 22

  • 1613 Pomponio Nenna, Italian composer
  • 1651 Jacob Praetorius, German Baroque organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • 1725 Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian baroque composer (Tigrane), dies at 65
  • 1764 Jean-Marie Leclair l'aîné (the elder), French violinist and Baroque composer, dies at 67
  • 1802 Samuel Arnold, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1813 August Harder, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1835 Willem G F Bentinck, earl/politician/organist, dies at 73
  • 1859 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • 1881 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, dies at 67
  • 1889 Olivier Métra, French composer of balletss, light opera, and popular waltzes (Esperance!), and conductor, dies at 59
  • 1935 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest, composer (Patarag), and musicologist, dies at 66
  • 1937 Frank Damrosch, German-born American author and music teacher (founded New York Musical Institute of Musical Art, later Julliard), dies at 88
  • 1938 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76
  • 1943 Josef Venantius von Woss, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1973 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • 1979 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • 1984 Harold Laurence Walters, American composer, dies at 66
  • 1985 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian operatic soprano, dies at 91
  • 1989 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"), dies at 74
  • 1992 Josef Veselka, Czech choral conductor (Prague Philharmonic Choir, 1959-81), and pedagogue, dies at 82
  • 1993 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 David Buchan, Scottish ethno-musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1994 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • 1996 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • 1997 Harry Goodman, American jazz bassist, and sometimes tuba player, dies at 91
  • 2001 Cliff Adams, British singer (The Stragazers; The Cliff Adams Singers), dies at 78
  • 2005 Franky Gee [Francisco Gutierrez], American-German rapper and pop singer ("Captain Jack"), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • 2011 Karl-Heinz Köper, German conductor, and composer (Tuba-Tabu; Pop Corn Concerto), dies at 84
  • 2017 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70
  • 2019 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph), dies at 82
  • 2019 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • 2020 Derek Quinn, British guitarist (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 68
  • 2021 Jay Black [David Blatt], American pop singer (Jay and the Americans - “Come A Little Bit Closer”; “This Magic Moment”), dies of pneumonia and complications from dementia at 82