On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 11

  • 1563 Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. circa 1500)
  • 1729 Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • 1757 José Pradas Gallén, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1778 Augustus Montague Toplady, English hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies at 37
  • 1794 Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1820 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1868 Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (Brudefaerden i Hardanger), dies at 52
  • 1872 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • 1940 Alfred Zamara Austrian harpist, composer, and teacher, dies at 77
  • 1942 Richard Heinrich Stein, composer, dies at 60
  • 1949 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American pianist, composer, and educator, dies of bone marrow cancer at 68
  • 1951 Ebbe Hamerik, Danish composer, dies at 52
  • 1952 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, dies at 77
  • 1974 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, dies at 86
  • 1984 Percy Mayfield, American singer (Hit the Road Jack), dies at 63
  • 1988 Jean-Pierre Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), dies at 56
  • 1991 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • 1995 Herbert Whitton John Sumsion, organist/composer, dies at 96
  • 1995 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1996 Mel Taylor, drummer, dies at 63
  • 1996 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), dies at 82
  • 1998 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • 2000 Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
  • 2008 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • 2008 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • 2011 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47
  • 2020 Trinidad "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen) dies of COVID-19 at 83