Musicians Who Died on July 2

  • 1591 Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
  • 1663 Thomas Selle, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1794 Franz Xaver Pokorny, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • 1878 François Bazin, French composer, dies at 61
  • 1895 William Rockstro, English composer and musicologist, 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

Betty GrableBetty Grable (1916-1973)

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

  • 1982 Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, dies at 59
  • 1984 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • 1988 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1990 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • 1992 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, dies at 41
  • 1992 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, dies of cancer at 42
  • 1994 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), dies of diabetes at 66
  • 2002 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), dies at 75
  • 2002 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist (Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald), dies in his sleep at 75
  • 2007 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], 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 polka and Oberkrain ethnic accordionist, piano player and composers (Avsenik Brothers Ensemble), dies at 85
  • 2018 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70
  • 2018 Henry Butler, American jazz and blues pianist, educator, and photographer (Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2019 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer ("Déjà vu" - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1978), dies at 81
  • 2020 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2021 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), dies at 96