Deaths in Music on August 14

  • 1727 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1763 Giovanni Battista Somis, composer, dies at 76
  • 1834 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe, dies at 63
  • 1867 Niccola Benvenuti, composer, dies at 84
  • 1938 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65
  • 1958 Big Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1961 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • 1964 Johnny Burnette, rocker, drowns at 30
  • 1970 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • 1981 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • 1984 Peter Wishart, English composer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), dies at 68
  • 1988 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, dies at 48
  • 1988 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1992 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Great Pretender), dies at 64
  • 1996 Sergiu Celibidache, conductor, dies at 84
  • 2002 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • 2007 Tikhon Khrennikov, Russian composer (b. 1913)
  • 2008 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • 2010 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American civil rights activist, jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress (Nothing But a Man), dies at 80
  • 2013 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2015 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83