On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 31

  • 1634 Erasmus Widmann, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1654 Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Spanish organ composer, dies at about 70
  • 1744 Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo, Italian opera composer, dies at 50
  • 1768 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1815 Daniel Belknap, American composer, dies at 44
  • 1870 Mihály Mosonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 55
  • 1887 George Alexander Macfarren, British composer and musicologist, dies at 74
  • 1902 Jean-Baptist Colyns, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1968 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • 1969 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, dies at 55
  • 1975 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1991 Willem Pelemans, Flemish composer, and music critic, dies at 90
  • 1994 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1995 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Lavad "Dr Hepcat" Durst, vocal/piano, dies at 82
  • 1995 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), dies at 67
  • 1995 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher, dies at 84
  • 2000 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • 2003 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, dies at 95
  • 2005 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside), dies in an auto accident at 31
  • 2009 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, dies of cancer at 83
  • 2011 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • 2020 Rance Allen, American gospel singer and musician (Rance Allen Group - Miracle Worker), dies at 71
  • 2020 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American rapper and hip hop artist, dies at 49 [1]