Musicians Who Died on August 17

  • 1730 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Johann Augustin Kobelius, German Baroque composer, dies at 57
  • 1777 Giuseppe Scarlatti, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1792 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1838 Lorenzo Da Ponte [Emanuele Conegliano], Italian-American librettist (Don Giovanni; Cosi Fan Tutti), poet, and libertine priest, dies at 89
  • 1865 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, Bavarian composer, dies at 82
  • 1880 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1887 Franz Commer, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ernst Franck, German composer and conductor, dies at 42
  • 1898 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • 1901 Edmond Audran, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, dies at 78
  • 1936 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1945 Gino Marinuzzi, Sr., Italian opera conductor (Wagner; Puccini), and composer (Symphony in A), dies at 61
  • 1954 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1958 Florent Schmitt, French composer (La tragédie de Salome; Psalm 47), and music critic (Le Temps), dies at 87
  • 1961 Carlos Salzedo, French-American piano prodigy, harpist, composer, educator (Curtis Institue; Juilliard), and new music advocate (co-founder of International Composers' Guild), dies at 76
  • 1973 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44
  • 1973 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - "Cloud Nine"), commits suicide at 32
  • 1977 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86
  • 1981 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87

Ira GershwinIra Gershwin (1896-1983)

American lyricist ("Embraceable You"; "I Got Rhythm"; "They Can't Take That Away From Me"), dies in Beverly Hills at 86

  • 1984 Hammie Nixon [Nickerson], American blues harmonica player (Sleepy John Estes), dies at 76
  • 1987 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], Italian-American sessiondrummer (Monkees; Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1993 Johnny Sayles, American soul singer ("I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1993 Phil Seymour, American rock and power pop musician, singer, and songwriter (The Dwight Twilley Band), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1995 "Wild Bill" Davis, American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger, dies at 76
  • 2004 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • 2004 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
  • 2015 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, dies at 77
  • 2015 Jan Fotek, Polish composer (Musica Cromatica), dies at 76