Deaths in Music on August 12

  • 1588 Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 45
  • 1612 Giovanni Gabrieli, Italian composer (Madrigali), dies at about 60
  • 1633 Jacopo Peri, Italian composer and singer who wrote the 1st recognized opera "Dafne", dies at 71
  • 1797 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1812 Jean Joseph Rodolphe, composer, dies at 81
  • 1830 Franz de Paula Roser, composer, dies at 50
  • 1928 Leoš Janáček, Czech composer (b. 1854)
  • 1943 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer, dies at 76
  • 1982 Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, composer, dies at 80
  • 1982 Joe Tex, rocker, dies at 49
  • 1985 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86
  • 1985 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • 1988 Jean-Michel Basquiat, US musician/graffiti painter (Gray, SAMO), dies
  • 1991 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • 1992 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1994 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, dies at 59
  • 1997 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1997 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Patrick Peter Sacco, American composer, dies at 71
  • 2008 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • 2010 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), dies from complications of liver cancer at 64
  • 2014 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89