Musicians Who Died on August 9

  • 1613 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer, dies at 36
  • 1672 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1710 Gabriel Schutz, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1727 Johann Philipp Treiber, German composer dies at 52
  • 1806 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, dies at 33
  • 1835 Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1888 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 1919 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (Pagliacci; Zazà), dies at 62
  • 1955 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1958 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, dies at 74
  • 1959 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, dies at 55
  • 1966 Gösta Nystroem, Swedish composer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, dies at 45
  • 1974 Bill Chase, American jazz-rock trumpet player and bandleader (Chase), dies in a plane crash at 39

Dmitri ShostakovichDmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Russian composer (The Gadfly), dies of lung cancer at 68

  • 1976 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 72
  • 1988 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, dies at 83
  • 1991 Corrie Hartong, Dutch dance pioneer, dies at 85
  • 1992 William Russell [Russell William Wagner], American violinist, modern composer (Fugue for Eight Percussion Instruments), and musicologist (Oh, Mister Jelly), dies at 87
  • 1994 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64

Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia (1942-1995)

American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • 1997 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • 2002 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49
  • 2003 Chester Ludgin, American operatic baritone (San Francisco Opera, 1962-85), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2003 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights; Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2004 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2004 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • 2017 Marián Varga, Slovak musician (Prúdy), dies at 70
  • 2020 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), dies at 71 [1]
  • 2022 Darryl Hunt, British celtic-rock bassist (The Pogues - "Fairytale of New York", "I Love You Till the End"), dies at 72