On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 2

  • 1792 Nathanael Gottfried Gruner, composer, dies at 60
  • 1827 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, dies at 57
  • 1873 Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1914 Gabriel Édouard Xavier Dupont, French composer, dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1916 Hamish MacCunn, Scottish composer (The Land of the Mountain and the Flood), and teacher, dies at 48

Person of interestEnrico Caruso

1921 Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor (Faust), dies at 48

Operatic Tenor Enrico Caruso
Operatic Tenor
Enrico Caruso
  • 1932 Gheorghe Cucu, composer, dies at 50
  • 1938 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic organist, composer, musical folklorist, and priest, dies at 76
  • 1945 Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, Austrian composer (Donna Diana), dies at 85
  • 1945 Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), dies at 81
  • 1954 Rene Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, dies at 42
  • 1959 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, dies at 78
  • 1964 José María Castro, Argentine composer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Milton B Babbitt, American composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • 1969 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • 1972 Brian Cole, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29

  • 1972 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-American pianist, conductor (St. Louis Symphony, 1921-27), composer, and educator (Chicago Musical College, 1928-54), dies at 95
  • 1978 Carlos Chávez, Mexican conductor and composer (Sinfonía india), dies at 79
  • 1982 Rudolf Maros, Hungarian composer (Sirato/Lament; Euphonies), and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • 1983 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • 1988 Roger Vuataz, composer, dies at 90
  • 1992 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1992 Michel Berger, French singer & songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1995 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), dies at 73
  • 1997 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, dies of an illness at 58
  • 2001 Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • 2003 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 70
  • 2004 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2011 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • 2012 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • 2014 Rosetta Hightower, American pop singer (The Orlons - "Don't Hang Up"), dies at 70
  • 2015 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2020 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), dies of cancer at 92 [1]