On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 30

  • 1612 Ercole Bottrigari, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1712 Johann Michael Zächer, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • 1716 Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer, theologian and poet, dies at 62
  • 1755 Francesco Durante, Neapolitan composer,and teacher dies at 71
  • 1803 Charles Broche, French composer, dies at 51
  • 1819 Nicolas Roze, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1884 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1904 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1912 Mary Frances Allitsen, composer, dies at 63
  • 1940 Walter Kollo, composer, dies at 62
  • 1963 Arnold Foster, English composer, dies at 66
  • 1976 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84
  • 1977 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • 1978 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), dies at 56
  • 1981 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 1983 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 1987 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • 1989 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), dies at 92
  • 1993 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • 1999 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86
  • 2003 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), dies of cancer at 64 [1]
  • 2011 Marv Tarplin American guitarist and songwriter (The Miracles , 1958-1973 - "The Tracks of My Tears"), dies at 70
  • 2012 César Bolaños, Peruvian electro-acoustic and experimental musician and composer, dies at 81
  • 2016 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96
  • 2017 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • 2019 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74