On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 6

  • 1651 Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien), dies at 47
  • 1762 Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, composer, dies at 78
  • 1786 Antonio Sacchini, Italian opera composer, dies at 56
  • 1837 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, composer, dies at 77
  • 1860 Stephen Elvey, English composer, dies at 55
  • 1868 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer, dies at 51
  • 1874 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 50
  • 1909 Dudley Buck, American organist, composer, and music writer, dies at 70
  • 1933 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, composer, dies at 62
  • 1935 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer, dies at 83
  • 1940 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1947 Leevi Antti Madetoya, composer, dies at 60
  • 1954 Hakon Børresen, Danish composer, dies at 78
  • 1956 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • 1973 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
  • 1985 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award-winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64

  • 1995 Hughie Charles, English songwriter and impresario, dies at 88
  • 1995 Walter "Crash" Morgan, drummer, dies at 35
  • 1995 Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1999 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, dies at 79
  • 2005 Warren Frank Benson, American composer (The Leaves Are Falling), and educator (Eastman School, 1967-1993), dies at 81
  • 2007 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), dies from multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Brad Felt, American jazz tuba and euphonium player, composer, and bandleader, dies of pancreatic cancer at 55
  • 2013 Will Ogdon, American composer, dies at 92
  • 2015 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • 2018 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish soprano, dies at 85
  • 2019 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80

Person of interestEddie Van Halen

2020 Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), dies of throat cancer at 65 [1]

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen
  • 2020 Johnny Nash, American rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), dies at 80 [1]