On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 8

  • 1613 Don Carlo Gesauldo, composer, dies
  • 1637 Robert Fludd, composer, dies at 63
  • 1706 Romanus Weichlein, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • 1819 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1831 John Aitken, Scottish-born music publisher (b. 1745)
  • 1838 Pietro Rovelli, composer, dies at 45
  • 1871 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, composer, dies at 57
  • 1879 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 58
  • 1899 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1917 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Jan van Gilse, composer/Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 63

Person of interestRichard Strauss

1949 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), dies at 85

Composer and Conductor Richard Strauss
Composer and Conductor
Richard Strauss
  • 1976 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 1976 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, dies at 81
  • 1978 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • 1984 Rene Bernier, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • 1985 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • 1991 Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata), dies of cancer at 80 [1]
  • 1991 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • 1994 Edna Manilow, mother of singer Barry Manilow, dies at 70 of cancer
  • 1999 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, dies at 83
  • 2010 Rich Cronin, American singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • 2014 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96
  • 2014 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), dies at 104
  • 2016 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer ("Al Capone"; "Madness", "Whine and Grine"), dies at 78
  • 2017 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), dies from emphysema at 78
  • 2020 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 82 [1]