Musicians Who Died on October 24

  • 1521 Robert Fayrfax, English Renaissance composer (Courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII), dies at 57
  • 1785 Jean-Jacques Robson, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • 1789 Joaquín Martínez de Oxinagas, composer, dies at 69
  • 1799 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1889 Loisa Puget, French composer, dies at 79
  • 1893 Joseph Hellmesberger, Sr, Austrian violinist, composer, conductor, and pedagogue (Vienna Conservatory, 1851-93), dies at 64
  • 1901 Paul Henrion, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1902 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1918 Alexander Charles Lecocq, composer, dies at 86
  • 1940 Victor Hollaender, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1948 Franz Lehár, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • 1949 Joaquín Nin, Cuban composer and pianist, father of Anaïs Nin, dies at 70
  • 1952 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1953 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • 1958 Martin Shaw, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1969 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Carl Ruggles, American composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • 1971 Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
  • 1974 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • 1976 Richard Sturzenegger, composer, dies at 70
  • 1977 Hugo Myrtelius, Swedish conductor, composer, and educator, dies at 85
  • 1984 Walter Woolf King, American stage and screen baritone, character actor (Golden Dawn; A Night at the Opera; Swiss Miss), and actor's agent, dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 1996 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 1996 Sid Pye, drummer, dies at 55
  • 2001 Kim Gardner, English rock bassist (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2007 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Merl Saunders, American Hammond B-3 organ player and pianist (Jerry Garcia Band; Saunders/Garcia), and composer, dies at 74
  • 2008 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2013 Héctor Quintanar, Mexican composer, dies at 77

Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara (1920-2015)

Irish-American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; The Quiet Man; Only The Lonely), and singer, dies at 95

  • 2016 Bobby Vee [Velline], American pop singer ("Devil Or Angel"; "Take Good Care Of My Baby"), dies at 73
  • 2016 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), dies of a cardiac arrest at 57

Fats DominoFats Domino (1928-2017)

American rhythm & blues piano player, singer, and star of the early rock ’n’ roll era ("Blueberry Hill"; "Blue Monday"; "Walkin' To New Orleans", dies from natural causes at 89

  • 2018 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • 2018 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer ("Polk Salad Annie"), and songwriter ("Rainy Night In Georgia"), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 2018 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), dies at 67
  • 2021 Sonny Osborne, American bluegrass banjo player (The Osborne Brothers - "Rocky Top"), dies of a stroke at 83