On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 6

  • 1548 Georg Rhau/Rhaw, German cantor/composer/music publisher, dies
  • 1686 Paul Hainlein, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1775 Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1784 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, dies at 57
  • 1799 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • 1816 Karl Frieberth, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1820 Antonin Vranicky, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 59
  • 1821 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • 1848 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1853 Josif Josifovich Genishta, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • 1895 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), dies at 74
  • 1904 Eduard Hanslick, German music critic, dies at 78
  • 1924 John Henry Roberts, composer, dies at 76
  • 1928 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, American cornetist, one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 1935 Alexander Winkler, Russian composer, dies at 70

  • 1965 Peter Ronnefeld, German composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), dies at 30
  • 1970 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • 1973 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1974 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1976 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, dies at 73
  • 1983 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • 1994 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 1995 André Fleury, French organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 2001 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, dies of cancer at 87

Person of interestRick James

2004 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 2005 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2005 James Wilson, English-Irish classical composer (Grinning At The Devil) dies at 82
  • 2007 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo), dies at 38
  • 2007 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, dies at 78
  • 2009 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 2012 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting, A Chorus Line), dies at 68
  • 2012 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • 2016 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86
  • 2019 Maurice Simon, American jazz musician, dies at 90
  • 2020 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), dies at 74