On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 17

  • 1179 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known, dies at 81
  • 1604 Lucas Osiander, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1702 Olof Rudbeck, Swedish scientist, writer and composer, dies at 71
  • 1732 Josef Antonín Plánický, Czech composer, dies at 40
  • 1762 Francesco Geminiani, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1803 Franz Xaver Sussmayr, composer, dies
  • 1820 Henri Hamal, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1824 Giacomo Tritto, Italian composer, dies at 91
  • 1846 Francesco Giuseppi Pollini, composer, dies at 84
  • 1884 Louis Schubert, composer, dies at 56
  • 1907 Ignaz Brull, Moravian-born composer, dies at 60
  • 1934 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1951 Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, dies (somewhere between 50 and 57 - birth year documentation uncertain)
  • 1953 Henry Holden Huss, American composer, dies at 91
  • 1958 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), dies from an intentional overdose of sleeping pills at 39
  • 1960 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer, dies at 81

  • 1966 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • 1973 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, dies at 83
  • 1979 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1982 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, dies at 44 after suffering several strokes
  • 1991 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Phil-1939), dies at 89
  • 1994 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, dies at 55
  • 1996 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), dies at 63
  • 1999 Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Alfred Reed, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2006 Alvin Wayne "Al" Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy: The Wrecking Crew) dies at 69
  • 2009 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2013 Marvin Rainwater, American country and rockabilly singer, dies from heart failure at 88
  • 2014 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • 2015 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • 2017 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), died on stage of a heart attack at 77
  • 2019 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, dies at 83