Musicians Who Died on October 8

  • 1683 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, German composer and organist, dies at 76
  • 1728 Anne Danican Philidor, French composer (Concert Spirituel), dies at 47
  • 1772 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, French composer and violinist, dies at 60
  • 1834 François-Adrien Boieldieu, French opera composer (La Dame blanche), dies at 58
  • 1842 Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, Danish composer, dies at 68
  • 1865 Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Moravian violinist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1895 Charles Oberthür, German composer and harpist, dies at 76
  • 1897 Martin Pluddemann, German composer, dies at 43
  • 1912 Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1941 Gustav "Gus" Kahn, German-American lyricist ("It Had to Be You"; "Makin' Whoopee"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 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 of cancer at 41
  • 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, Turkish born composer and collector of Sephardic Jews music, 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, British session and touring rock drummer (Procol Harum, 1967-77; Joe Cocker), dies of a drug overdose complications and pneumonia at 43
  • 1993 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • 1995 Christopher Keene, American conductor and musician, dies at 48
  • 1996 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • 1998 Anatol Vieru, Romanian-Jewish composer (Ultimele zile, ultimele ore/The Last Days, the Last Hours), and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • 2008 Gidget Gein [Bradley Stewart], American hard rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 39
  • 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
  • 2011 Roger Williams [Louis Jacob Weertz], American popular music pianist ("Born Free"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 2013 Larry Verne, American novelty song singer (Mr. Custer), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 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
  • 2019 (Malcolm) "Molly" Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band, 1972-83 - "Pick Up the Pieces"), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2020 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, dies at 80 [1]
  • 2021 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), dies at 71