On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 1

  • 1731 Pierre Danican Philidor, French composer, dies at 50
  • 1777 Johann Ernst Bach, composer, dies at 55
  • 1814 Erik Eriksson Tulindberg, composer, dies at 53
  • 1867 Edward Hodges, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 Johannes Habert, composer, dies at 62
  • 1912 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), dies at 37
  • 1941 "Kansas City" Frank [Melrose], American jazz and blues pianist, killed in a bar fight in Hammond, Indiana at 33
  • 1957 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), killed in a car wreck at 38
  • 1964 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • 1964 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1968 Granville English, composer, dies at 69
  • 1969 William Flanagan, American composer, and music critic, takes his own life at 46
  • 1972 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer ("Dusty Rag"), dies at 84
  • 1977 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer ("Stormy Weather"), dies at 76
  • 1978 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies as a result of anorexia nervosa at 33
  • 1982 Clifford M Curzon, British classical pianist, dies at 75
  • 1993 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), dies of ALS at 52
  • 1993 Eugen Malmstén, Finnish jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and songwriter, dies at 86
  • 1995 Benay Venuta [Benvenuta Rose Crooke], American actress, singer and dancer (Annie Get Your Gun; Call Me Mister), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • 1996 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), dies at 86
  • 2004 Johnny Bragg, American doo-wop singer-songwriter (The Prisonaires - "Just Walkin' in the Rain"), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2005 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), dies at 78 (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Jake Brockman, British rock keyboardist (Echo & the Bunnymen), dies in a motorcycle accident at 53
  • 2012 Hal David, American lyricist ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "What The World Needs Now Is Love";"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"), dies at 91
  • 2014 Jimi Jamison, American rock singer (Survivor - "High On You"), dies of a stroke at 63
  • 2016 Raymond Daveluy, Canadian organist (St. Joseph's Montreal, 1960-2002), composer and educator, dies at 89