On This Day

Musicians Who Died on July 17

  • 1682 Johann Heinrich Kittel, German composer, dies at 29
  • 1709 Pascal Collasse, composer, dies at 60
  • 1763 Wenzel Raimund Pirck, composer, dies at 45
  • 1794 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, dies at 45
  • 1804 Christian Ernst Graf, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • 1826 Joseph Graetz, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1851 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, dies at 37
  • 1871 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist, student and protégé of Liszt, and composer noted for his transcriptions, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1875 Gábor Mátray, Hungarian composer and musicologist, dies at 77
  • 1901 John Farmer, English composer, dies at 64
  • 1915 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • 1937 Henri-Constant-Gabriel Pierne, composer, dies at 73
  • 1953 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Dutch composer, dies at 65
  • 1955 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • 1956 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), dies at 78

Person of interestBillie Holiday

1959 Billie Holiday [Eleanora Fagan], American jazz singer ( "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"; "Strange Fruit"), and songwriter ("God Bless The Child"; "Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday

  • 1965 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • 1966 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1967 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist & composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1970 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • 1971 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue, When You Wish Upon a Star), dies at 76
  • 1983 Roosevelt Sykes, American blues and boogie-woogie pianist, and singer (The Honeydripper), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • 1985 Czesław Marek, Polish composer, dies at 93
  • 1987 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • 1995 Rainer Kunad, German composer, dies at 58
  • 1995 Carlos Sánchez Málaga, Peruvian composer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Amancio D'Silva, musician, dies at 60
  • 1996 [Bryan] Chas Chandler, English rock bassist (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun) and manager of Jimi Hendrix, dies at 57
  • 1996 Chris Komar, American dancer, dies of aids at 48
  • 1998 Ronald Tremain, New Zealand composer, dies at 74
  • 1999 Kevin Wilkinson, English drummer (The Waterboys), commits suicide at 41
  • 2003 Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist (Bach & Rock), dies at 88
  • 2005 Laurel Aitken, Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music, dies at 78
  • 2006 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2009 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), dies at 64
  • 2010 Fred F. Carter Jr., American country session guitarist, singer, producer and composer (Nashville's "A-Team"), dies of a stroke at 76
  • 2012 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, dies at 86
  • 2013 Peter Appleyard, British-Canadian jazz vibraphonist, dies from natural causes at 84
  • 2014 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • 2016 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), dies at 77
  • 2020 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), dies at 96