Musicians Who Died on October 5

  • 1564 Pierre de Manchicourt, Flemish composer, dies at about 54 [birth date uncertain]
  • 1707 Daniel Speer, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1813 Etienne Ozi, French composer, dies at 58
  • 1867 Thomas Täglichsbeck, German violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1880 Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffman), dies at 61
  • 1899 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1911 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1915 José María Usandizaga, Spanish Basque composer (Mendi Mendiyan - High in the Mountains), dies of tuberculosis at 28
  • 1915 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), dies at 67
  • 1919 Jean Louis Nicodé, Prussian pianist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Joseph Vézina, Canadian conductor (Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, 1902-24), and composer (Le Rajah), dies at 75
  • 1940 Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican classical violinst, conductor, and composer (Cuauhnáhuac; Planos), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1943 Leon Roppolo, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 41
  • 1954 Flor Alpaerts, Flemish composer (Tyl Uilenspiegel, Pallieter), dies at 78
  • 1961 Don Barbour, American singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 34
  • 1965 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48
  • 1985 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1986 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • 1992 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations, 1960-71 - "I Can't Get Next To You"; "Just My Imagination"), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1992 Laurie Anders, American actress and singer, dies of cancer at 70
  • 1992 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher (Music Express) and impresario (North Sea Jazz Festival), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1995 Dick Henry Jurgen, American swing bandleader, and songwriter ("Elmer's Tune"), dies of cancer at 85
  • 1997 Arthur Tracy [Avrom Tracovutsky], Ukrainian-American radio personality, vocalist, and accordion player (The Street Singer), dies at 98
  • 2001 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo), dies of leukemia at 41
  • 2010 Steve Lee [Stefan Alois], Swiss rock musician and vocalist (Gotthard), dies in a vehicle crash at 47
  • 2011 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • 2012 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2014 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), dies at 84
  • 2016 Pompeiu Hărăşteanu, Romanian basso profondo singer (Opera Bonn, 1968-72; Romanian National Opera, 1972-2012), dies at 81
  • 2018 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • 2019 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • 2019 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56