Musicians Who Died on September 9

  • 1803 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, French pianist and comic opera composer, dies at 30
  • 1832 Bernhard Klein, German composer, mainly of vocal works, dies at 39
  • 1878 Jacobo Ficher, Russian-Argentine composer, violinist, conductor, and music educator, dies at 81
  • 1951 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic, dies at 56
  • 1951 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • 1954 Alfred Gradstein, Polish composer, dies at 49
  • 1959 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), dies at 84
  • 1960 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • 1960 Jussi Björling, Swedish operatic tenor, dies from cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) complications at 49
  • 1964 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • 1965 Julián Carillo, Mexiacn violinist, composer (D.W. Griffith's Intolerance), and music theorist (Sonido 13 / The Thirteenth Sound),dies at 90
  • 1966 Antonio Massana, Catalan composer, and Jesuit priest, dies at 76
  • 1974 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, dies at 55
  • 1979 Norman "Norrie" Paramor, British composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, and record producer (Cliff Richard: The Shadows; Helen Shapiro), dies at 65
  • 1979 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, and musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1979 Wilbur Ware, American jazz double bassist (Riverside Records; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Rollins), included in photographer Art Kane's photo "A Great Day In Harlem", dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1981 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1984 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), dies at 77
  • 1987 Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), dies at 79
  • 1993 Helen O'Connell, American big-band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - "Green Eyes"; "Anapola"), and TV host (Today Show, 1956-58), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1995 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, dies at 89
  • 1996 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" ("Blue Moon of Kentucky"), dies at 84
  • 1998 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies of liver cancer at 47
  • 1998 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, dies of cancer at 55
  • 2004 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • 2006 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • 2007 Hughie Thomasson, American guitarist, singer, and songwriter (Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"; Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1996-2005), dies of a heartt attack at 55
  • 2014 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, dies at 86
  • 2014 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • 2015 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), dies at 72
  • 2020 Ronald Bell, American rock saxophonist and composer (Kool & The Gang), dies at 68