Musicians Who Died on October 7

  • 1553 Cristóbal de Morales, Spanish composer, dies at about 53
  • 1766 Andre Cheron, French composer organist and harpsichordist, dies at 71
  • 1887 George James Webb, English-American composer, dies at 84
  • 1890 John Hill Hewitt, American songwriter (A Minstrel's Return from the War), dies at 89
  • 1915 Samuel Prowse Warren, Canadian composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1918 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1925 Hubert Main, American hymn composer, dies at 86
  • 1959 Mario Lanza [Alfredo Arnold Cocozza], Italian-American actor and singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1966 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), dies in a car crash at 26
  • 1966 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American R&B singer, and guitarist ("The Bells Are Ringing"; "One Night (Of Sin)"; "I Hear You Knocking"), dies of stomach cancer at 46
  • 1976 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), dies at 73
  • 1981 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • 1984 Hermann Schroeder, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • 1988 Billy Daniels, African-American jazz singer ("That Old Black Magic") and television pioneer (The Billy Daniels Show), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1992 Ed Blackwell, American jazz drummer (Ornette Colman Quartet), dies at 62
  • 1993 Agnes de Mille, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer (Rodeo; Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • 1997 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1998 Arnold Jacobs, American symphonic tuba player (Chicago Symphony, 1944-83), and pedagogue, dies at 83
  • 2001 Jimmie Lloydd [Logdon], American country and rockabilly singer, dies at 79
  • 2003 Arthur Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator (Brandeis, 1953-80; New England Conservatory of Music, 1980-99), dies at 91
  • 2010 (Terry) "T" Lavitz, American jazz-fusion keyboardist (Dixie Dregs; Jazz Is Dead), dies at 54
  • 2012 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), dies at 76
  • 2013 Patrice Chéreau, French opera director and actor (Danton), dies from lung cancer at 68