Deaths in Music on August 17

  • 1730 Mauritius Vogt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer, dies at 57
  • 1777 Giuseppe Scarlotti, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestFrederick the Great

1786 Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia (1740-86)/composer, dies at 74

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great
  • 1792 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, dies at 38
  • 1865 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer, dies at 82
  • 1880 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)
  • 1887 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
  • 1889 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
  • 1898 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, composer, dies at 56
  • 1901 Edmond Audran, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1909 Richard Hoffman, composer, dies at 78
  • 1936 Pierre-Octave Ferroud, French composer (Surgery & Foules), dies at 36
  • 1945 Gino Marinuzzi, composer, dies at 61
  • 1954 Billy Murray, singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • 1958 Florent Schmitt, French composer/critic (Jardin Secret), dies at 87
  • 1961 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
  • 1973 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations), commits suicide at 32
  • 1973 Jean Barraqué, French composer (b. 1928)
  • 1977 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86
  • 1981 Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • 1983 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 1987 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1995 William Strethan "Wild Bill" Davis, musician, dies at 76
  • 2004 Gérard Souzay, French baritone (b. 1918)
  • 2004 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44