On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 23

  • 1694 Francesco Passarini, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1700 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1797 Johann Georg Roser, composer, dies at 57
  • 1835 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), dies at 33
  • 1837 Richard John Samuel Stevens, English composer, dies at 80
  • 1896 Gilbert Duprez, French composer, dies at 89
  • 1937 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • 1961 Elmer Diktonius, Finnish poet, composer, and musicologist (Janne Kubrik; Stenkol), dies at 65
  • 1970 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • 1973 Manuel Borguno, Spanish composer and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • 1974 Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • 1982 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1984 Anatoly Novikov, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • 1987 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • 1987 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • 1987 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1988 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 79
  • 1994 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies of heart failure at 42
  • 1995 Lawrence "Booker T." Laury, American boogie-woogie and blues pianist and singer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • 2004 André Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), dies at 53
  • 2006 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • 2006 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2017 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, dies at 79
  • 2019 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • 2020 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, dies at 93 [1]
  • 2020 W. S. "Fluke" Holland, American rockabilly drummer (Sun Records), dies at 85