On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 8

  • 1683 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, composer, dies at 76
  • 1728 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), dies at 47
  • 1772 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, composer, dies at 60
  • 1834 Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer, dies at 58
  • 1842 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, composer, dies at 68
  • 1865 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1895 Charles Oberthur, composer, dies at 76
  • 1897 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
  • 1912 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1948 Sven Holger Körling, Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer of children's songs, dies at 69
  • 1953 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41
  • 1962 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
  • 1971 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 1974 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
  • 1975 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1977 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • 1978 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • 1980 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), dies at 81
  • 1988 Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1990 B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • 1993 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • 1995 Christopher Keene, musician, dies at 48
  • 1996 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • 2011 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist (Born Free), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2011 Antonio Iglesias Álvares, Spanish pianist, composer, educator and critic, dies at 93
  • 2011 Mikey Welsh, American bass player (Weezer, 1998-2001 - "Island In The Sun"), dies of a drug overdose at 40
  • 2013 Philip Chevron, Irish musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 2015 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • 2020 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, dies at 80 [1]