Musicians Who Died on August 14

  • 1727 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1763 Giovanni Battista Somis, Italin violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1834 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe, dies at 63
  • 1867 Nicola Benvenuti, Italian 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
  • 1962 June Richmond, American jazz singer (Jimmy Dorsey; Cab Calloway; Andy Kirk - "Hey Lawdy Mama"), dies of a heart attack at 47 [1]
  • 1963 Clyde Hurley, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Glenn Miller - "Tuxedo Junction"; "In The Mood"), dies of heart failure at 46
  • 1964 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ('Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), drowns in nighttime boating mishap at 30
  • 1970 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, Soviet Georgian composer, dies at 62
  • 1978 (Giuseppe) "Joe" Venuti, American jazz musician and pioneer violinist considered the "father of jazz violin", dies of cancer at 74
  • 1981 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • 1984 (John) "Bobo" Jenkins, American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), dies at 68
  • 1984 Peter Wishart, English composer, dies at 63
  • 1988 Robert Calvert, South African-British writer and musician (Hawkwind), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1988 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, takes his own life after being arrested for public drunkenness at 48
  • 1990 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, dies at 90
  • 1992 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "Great Pretender"), dies at 64
  • 1996 Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1945-57; Munich Philharmonic, 1979-96), and educator, dies at 84
  • 2002 Dave Williams, American rock singer (Drowning Pool), dies of heart failure due to undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at 30
  • 2007 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composer, dies at 94
  • 2008 Lita Roza, British singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • 2010 Abbey Lincoln [Anna Wooldridge], African-American jazz vocalist, songwriter, actress (Nothing But a Man), and civil rights activist, dies at 80
  • 2013 Allen Lanier, American rock keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult), dies from complications from COPD at 67
  • 2015 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham; Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • 2015 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • 2018 Jill Janus, American heavy metal singer (Huntress), commits suicide at 43
  • 2019 Ivo Malec, Croat-French composer (Miniatures pour Lewis Carroll; Lumina), dies at 94
  • 2020 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 87
  • 2021 Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition, 1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), dies at 90
  • 2021 R. Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), music educator, and environmentalist, dies of complications Alzheimer's disease at 88