Musicians Who Died on July 23

  • 1685 Pietro Reggio, Italian composer and musician, dies at 53
  • 1757 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist (La Silvia), dies at 71
  • 1829 Wojciech Boguslawski, Polish composer, dies at 72
  • 1840 František Max Kníže, Czech composer, dies at 55
  • 1866 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, dies at 83
  • 1878 Hilarion Eslava, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1909 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, conductor, and pedagogue, dies at 63
  • 1933 Max Schillings, German composer and conductor (Mona Lisa), dies at 65
  • 1966 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo; The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • 1970 Leith Stevens, American pianist, composer and conductor of scores for radio (Suspense), film (The Wild Ones; War of the Worlds), and television (Climax!), dies of a heart attack (upon learning his wife was killed in a car accident) at 60
  • 1973 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), dies at 72
  • 1977 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • 1980 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), dies in a car accident at 32
  • 1983 Georges Auric, French composer (one of Les Six), dies at 84
  • 1985 Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • 1986 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • 1990 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • 1990 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1994 Hans J. Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man; Christmas Holiday; This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1995 Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 80
  • 2004 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • 2004 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), dies at 71
  • 2004 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • 2005 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na, 1975-80), dies at 63
  • 2010 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist and conductor (WB Collective), dies at 65

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse (1983-2011)

British singer-songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27

  • 2011 Johnny Hoes, Dutch musician and producer (Wished I'd Stayed With My Mom), dies at 94
  • 2012 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75
  • 2014 Dora Bryan [Broadbent], British stage and screen actress (A Taste of Honey), novelty singer ("All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle"), and hotelier dies at 91
  • 2014 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German pianist, conductor, composer (The Silence of John of Nepomuk; Where year and day don't count), and clergyman, dies at 77
  • 2022 Bob Rafelson, American Emmy Award-winning television producer (The Monkees), and film maker (Five Easy Pieces; Easy Rider; Head), dies at 89