On This Day

Musicians Who Died on July 16

  • 1698 Cristoph Kaldenbach, composer, dies at 84
  • 1729 Johann David Heinichen, German composer, dies at 46
  • 1762 Jacques Hotteterre, French composer and flautist, dies at 87
  • 1868 Louis François Dauprat, French composer and horn player, dies at 87
  • 1917 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album Polonaise), dies at 70
  • 1972 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, dies at 65
  • 1972 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • 1981 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Taxi"; "Cat's in the Cradle"), dies in car crash at 38
  • 1984 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • 1985 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me", dies at 84
  • 1989 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1990 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • 1995 Charles Bruck, Hungarian/French/US conductor (Dutch Opera), dies at 83
  • 1995 Travis Kemp, dancer/teacher, dies at 91
  • 1996 John Panozzo, American rock drummer (Styx), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • 1999 Hiromi Yanagihara, Japanese singer (b. 1979)
  • 2003 Celia Cruz, Cuban musician (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Blue Barron [Harry Freidman], American "sweet music" orchestra leader ("Cruising Down The River"), dies at 91
  • 2008 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Jon Lord, English keyboardist and composer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • 2012 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • 2012 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), dies of brain cancer at 74
  • 2014 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • 2016 Bonnie Brown, American country singer (The Browns), dies at 77