On This Day

Deaths in Music on July 2

  • 1591 Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
  • 1663 Thomas Selle, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1794 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
  • 1878 François Bazin, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1895 William Rockstro, composer, dies at 72
  • 1911 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), dies at 54
  • 1940 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • 1952 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch cellist, pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1971 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, dies at 84

Person of interestBetty Grable

1973 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56

Film actress Betty Grable
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Betty Grable
  • 1982 Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • 1990 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • 1992 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
  • 1992 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, dies at 41
  • 1994 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), dies of diabetes at 66
  • 2002 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2007 [Belle Miriam Silverman] Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano, dies of lung cancer at 78
  • 2007 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), dies at 85
  • 2008 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52
  • 2013 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2015 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician and composer, dies at 75
  • 2016 Earle Brown, American Composer (open form), dies at 75
  • 2018 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70
  • 2019 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for the piece "Déjà vu", dies at 81