Deaths in Music 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, composer, dies at 74
  • 1816 Karl Frieberth, composer, dies at 80
  • 1820 Antonin Vranicky, composer, dies at 59
  • 1821 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer, dies at 64
  • 1848 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1853 Josif Josifovich Genishta, 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 William Henry Grattan Flood, composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 1935 Alexander Gustav Adolfovich Winkler, composer, dies at 70
  • 1938 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • 1965 Peter Ronnefeld, composer, dies at 30
  • 1970 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • 1973 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1974 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1976 Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist, dies at 73
  • 1983 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • 1994 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 1995 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer, dies at 77

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

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  • 2005 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 2009 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 2012 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • 2012 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer/violinist, dies from heart failure at 94
  • 2016 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86