On This Day

Musicians Who Died on July 11

  • 1768 Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, composer, dies at 66
  • 1781 Adolph Carl Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
  • 1826 Carl Bernhard Wessely, composer, dies at 57

Person of interestGeorge Gershwin

1937 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershvin], American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38

Composer and Pianist George Gershwin
Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin
  • 1950 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • 1961 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, dies at 48
  • 1973 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • 1980 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1984 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 1993 Mario Bauza, Cubans/US jazz musician, dies at 82
  • 1994 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), dies at 57
  • 1996 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), dies at 72
  • 1996 Florrie Rodrigo, Dutch dancer, choreography and teacher (Schepelingen), dies at 102
  • 1999 Helen Forrest, American singer of traditional pop and swing music, dies at 82
  • 2001 Herman Brood, Dutch painter and pianist (Sleepin' Bird), dies at 54
  • 2002 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2005 Frances Langford, American singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time), dies at 92
  • 2007 Rod Lauren, American rocker (If I Had a Girl), commits suicide at 66
  • 2010 Walter Hawkins, Gospel music singer
  • 2011 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, dies at 88
  • 2014 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • 2014 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76