Musicians Who Died on September 8

  • 1613 Don Carlo Gesauldo, Italian composer, dies at 47
  • 1637 Robert Fludd, English physician, mystical philosopher and 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 American music publisher, dies at 85 or 86
  • 1838 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, dies at 45
  • 1858 Jacopo Foroni, Italian opera composer (I gladiatori; Advokathen Panthelin), and conductor, dies during cholera epidemic at 34
  • 1871 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • 1879 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, Russian musical teacher to Tchaikovsky and 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, Dutch composer and resistance fighter, dies at 63

Richard Strauss

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

  • 1956 Fred Rich, Polish-American jazz pianist and dance band leader ("I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby"; The Abbott and Costello Show), dies at 58
  • 1962 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer ("Mbube" / "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), dies of kidney failure at 52 or 53 [birth date uncertain]
  • 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 of lung cancer at 70
  • 1999 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet ("Cofee Beans"), dies at 83
  • 2010 Rich Cronin, American singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • 2014 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher dies at 96
  • 2014 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), dies at 104
  • 2016 Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor, dies of liver cancer at 51
  • 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]