Deaths in Music 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, composer, dies at 80
  • 1826 Joseph Graetz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1851 Beni Egressy, composer, dies at 37
  • 1871 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist and composer, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1875 Gabor Matray, composer, 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, 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, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York 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", singer (54th Street Revue), dies at 76
  • 1984 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • 1985 Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
  • 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 (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 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