Musicians Who Died on September 16

  • 1652 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, dies at 61
  • 1696 Lambert Pietkin, Flemish composer, dies at 83
  • 1798 Damasus Brosmann, Moravian composer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Antônio Carlos Gomes, Brazilian opera composer, first from outside of Europe have a successful career in Italy, dies at 60
  • 1925 Leo Fall, Austria operetta composer (That Pink von Stambul), dies at 52
  • 1945 John McCormack, Irish-American tenor (Irish folksongs), dies at 61
  • 1946 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • 1960 José Sancho Marraco, Spanish composer, organist and chapel master (Cathedral of Barcelona, 1923-57, dies at 81
  • 1964 Ernest Hill, American jazz double-bassist, dies at 64
  • 1965 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean cellist, composer (Aegukga - national anthem of South Korea), and conductor, dies at 58
  • 1977 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex - "Bang a Gong (Get It On)"), dies in a car crash at 29

Maria CallasMaria Callas (1923-1977)

American soprano (Carmen), dies in Paris at 53

  • 1990 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1994 Bernie Lazaroff Leighton, pianist, dies at 73
  • 1996 Kai Laursen, Danish concert violinist, dies at 74
  • 2003 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • 2004 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • 2005 Constance Moore, American singer and actress (Buck Rogers; Show Business; Atlantic City), dies at 85
  • 2005 Harry Freedman (Henryk Frydmann), Canadian composer, dies at 83
  • 2007 Jean Balissat, Swiss composer pedagogue and conductor (Kaleidoscope for trumpet and percussion), dies at 71
  • 2008 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown ("I Heard It Through the Grapevine"), dies at 68

Mary TraversMary Travers (1936-2009)

American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary - "Puff" (The Magic Dragon)"; "Leaving On A Jet Plane"), dies of leukemia at 72

  • 2018 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, dies of prostate cancer at 91
  • 2021 Jane Powell [Suzanne Burce], American singer and actress (Royal Wedding; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dies at 92