On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 23

  • 1753 Columban Praelisauer, German music director and composer, dies at 50
  • 1782 Joseph Riepel, Austrian-born German composer, dies at 73
  • 1801 Johann Gottlieb Naumann, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1806 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1869 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72
  • 1886 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1925 Vyacheslav Gavrilovich Karatigin, composer, dies at 50
  • 1942 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
  • 1948 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • 1950 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • 1951 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1954 Henri Zagwijn, Dutch composer and musicologist, dies at 76 [1]
  • 1969 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • 1976 Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40

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1978 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

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  • 1982 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1996 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, dies at 67
  • 2002 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87
  • 2003 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2004 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2004 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • 2005 Pete Nelson [Lipscomb], British pop singer (The Flower Pot Men - "Let's Go To San Francisco"), dies at 60
  • 2014 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind") dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • 2015 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75
  • 2019 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), dies at 93