Deaths in Music on July 12

  • 1742 Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1773 Johann Joachim Quantz, German royal flautist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1839 Christian Traugott Tag, composer, dies at 62
  • 1850 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), dies at 78
  • 1882 Alfred Humphreys Pease, composer, dies at 44
  • 1883 Hermann Zopff, composer, dies at 57
  • 1897 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1906 Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer, dies at 70
  • 1926 Charles Wood, composer, dies at 40
  • 1947 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 45
  • 1953 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • 1953 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • 1962 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • 1973 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 67
  • 1977 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • 1979 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • 1979 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • 1983 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • 1995 Alan David Marks, pianist/composer, dies at 49
  • 1995 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Ernie Furtado, bassist, dies at 72
  • 1996 Gottfried von Einem, composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Jonathan Melvoin, keyboardist (Smashing Pumpkins), dies of heorin OD
  • 1998 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • 2003 Benny Carter, American musician (b. 1907)
  • 2007 Robert Burås, Norwegian guitar player (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • 2011 David Carr, English rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), dies at 67
  • 2016 Gregg Smith, American choral conductor and composer, dies at 84