Musicians Who Died on August 5

  • 1678 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 59
  • 1778 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart", dies at 22
  • 1856 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1863 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1891 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, dies at 73
  • 1907 Gentil Theodoor Antheunis, Flemish poet and songwriter, dies at 66
  • 1910 Wojciech Gawronski, Polish composer, dies at 42
  • 1916 George Butterworth, English composer, dies at 31
  • 1916 Nikolay Ivanovich Kazanli, Russian composer, dies at 46
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and actress (Down Argentine Way), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1958 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • 1963 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • 1968 Luther Perkins American country and rockabilly guitarist (The Tennessee Three), dies as a result of a house fire at 40
  • 1970 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • 1971 Josef Stanislav, Czech composer, and pedagogue, dies at 74
  • 1976 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 45
  • 1987 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer, music writer and editor (Ruch Muzyczny, 1957-68), dies at 79 [1]
  • 1992 Jeff Porcaro, American drummer (Toto - "Rosanna"; "Africa"), dies of cardiac arrest at 38
  • 1993 (Alexander) "Duke" Burrell, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (Louisiana Shakers; Louis Jordan; Johnny Otis), dies at 73
  • 1993 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak organist and composer (Krútňava (The Whirlpool); Psalm of the Carpathian Lands; Kaleidoscope), and music educator, dies at 84
  • 1993 Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band; McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
  • 2005 (Lyle) "Spud" Murphy [Miko Stefanovic], Serbian-American jazz multi-instrumentalist, arranger (Benny Goodman; Casa Loma Orchestra), bandleader, composer (Columbia Pictures), and educator (Equal Interval System), dies at 96
  • 2006 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2008 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer-songwriter ("Armstrong"; "Close The Door Lightly"), dies of pneumonia, at 79
  • 2008 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter ("Escalator Of Life"; "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), dies after surgery at 59
  • 2013 George Duke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk keyboard player, and composer, dies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia at 67
  • 2018 Charlotte Rae, American character actress (Facts of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, dies at 92
  • 2022 Judith Durham, Australian folk-pop singer (The Seekers - "Georgy Girl"; "A World of Our Own"), dies of lung disease at 79