Deaths in Music on August 2

  • 1792 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1827 James Hewitt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1873 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1914 Gabriel Edouard Xavier Dupont, composer, dies at 36
  • 1916 Hamish MacCunn, composer, dies at 48
  • 1921 Enrico Caruso, Italian opera singer, dies at 48
  • 1932 Gheorghe Cucu, composer, dies at 50
  • 1938 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, composer, dies at 76
  • 1945 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • 1945 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • 1954 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42
  • 1959 Prospero Bisquertt, composer, dies at 78
  • 1964 Jose Maria Castro, composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Milton B Babbitt, US composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • 1969 Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • 1972 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • 1972 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • 1978 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • 1982 Rudolf Maros, composer, dies at 65
  • 1983 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, die at 47
  • 1988 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • 1992 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1997 Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2011 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2012 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 2014 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • 2015 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72