Musicians Who Died on September 12

  • 1739 Reinhard Keiser, German opera conductor and composer, (Almira; Lukas-Passion), dies at 65
  • 1764 Jean Philippe Rameau, French composer (Castor en Pollux), dies at 80
  • 1789 Franz Xaver Richter, Austro-Moravian singer, violinist, composer, conductor and music theorist, dies at 79
  • 1806 Christian Gottfried Thomas, German composer, publisher, and musicologist, dies at 58
  • 1807 Edward Miller, English organist, flautist, composer (Rockingham; Galway), and musical theorist (Treatise of Thorough Bass and Composition), dies at 71
  • 1815 José Maurício, Portuguese organist, and sacred music and modinha (love song) composer, dies at 63
  • 1871 Karl Collan, Finnish composer, dies at 43
  • 1877 Julius Reitz, German cellist, composer, teacher, and music editor, dies at 64
  • 1879 Peter Arnold Heise, Danish composer (Drot og Marsk (King and Marshal)), dies at 49
  • 1892 Carl Faust, Prussian military musician and composer (Marsch Glück auf - Lucky March), and conductor, dies at 62
  • 1926 Edmund Jenkins, American clarinetist and composer (Charlestonia; Afram), dies at 32
  • 1947 Harry Rowe Shelley, American hymn composer, dies at 89
  • 1949 Harry Burleigh, African American composer (Springarn Medal), dies at 82
  • 1960 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 62
  • 1973 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77

Anthony Perkins

1992 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho; Friendly Persuasion; Fear Strikes Out; Pretty Poison), and singer, dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 60 [1]

  • 1993 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • 1994 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • 1995 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, bassist, dies at 59
  • 1997 (Stig) "Stikkan" Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2000 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66

Johnny Cash

2003 Johnny Cash, American country singer ("I Walk the Line"; "Ring of Fire"; "A Boy Named Sue"), dies at 71

  • 2004 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77
  • 2004 Kenny Buttrey, American session drummer based in Nashville (Bob Dylan; Neil Young; Elvis Presley; Joan Baez, Jimmy Buffett), dies of cancer at 59
  • 2014 Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), dies of mesothelioma at 75
  • 2014 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, dies at 89
  • 2015 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), dies at 56
  • 2017 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), dies at 74
  • 2022 Ramsey Lewis, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-pop pianist ("The In Crowd"; "Wade in the Water"), dies at 87 [1]