On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 9

  • 1803 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, composer, dies at 32
  • 1832 Bernhard Joseph Klein, composer, dies at 39
  • 1878 Jacobo Ficher, composer, dies at 18
  • 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
  • 1957 Ettore Pozzoli, composer, dies at 84
  • 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 tenor (b. 1911)
  • 1964 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • 1965 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer, dies at 90
  • 1966 Antonio Massana, composer, dies at 76
  • 1974 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, dies at 55
  • 1979 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • 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 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1998 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies of liver cancer at 47
  • 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 musician and singer (Outlaws), dies at 55
  • 2014 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • 2014 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, dies at 86
  • 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