Musicians Who Died on August 1

  • 1628 Francesco Gonzaga, Italian composer, dies at 37
  • 1805 Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1813 Carl Stenborg, Swedish composer, dies at 60
  • 1846 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1922 Vaclav Juda Novotny, Czech music writer, composer, and libretti translator, dies at 72
  • 1934 Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, dies at 79
  • 1965 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1966 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1973 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • 1981 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49
  • 1983 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), dies at 65
  • 1985 Sam Wooding, American jazz pianist, and bandleader, one of the 1st to tour Europe (Chocolate Kiddies), dies at 90
  • 1987 Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, dies of pneumonia and a brain tumor at 92
  • 1989 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • 1992 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1994 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1995 Robert L. "Bob" Talley, American jazz and blues pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1996 Frida Boccara, French singer, dies at 55
  • 1996 John Lanigan, Australian operatic tenor (Covent Garden), dies at 75
  • 1997 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2005 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (New York Post; Saturday Evening Post), introduced The Beatles to Bob Dylan, dies of cancer at 77
  • 2007 Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer, dies of lung cancer at 74
  • 2012 Douglas Townsend, American composer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), dies at 82
  • 2015 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2017 Goldy McJohn, [John Goadsby] Canadian rock organist (Steppenwolf - "Born To Be Wild"; "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at 72