Musicians Who Died on July 29

  • 1669 Christopher Simpson, English composer for the viola da gamba, dies (b. 1602 or 1606)
  • 1786 Franz Asplmayr, Austrian composer and violinist, dies at 58
  • 1797 Christoph Rheineck, German composer, dies at 48
  • 1808 Selim III, Turkish sultan (1789-1808) poet and composer, assassinated at 46
  • 1825 Micah Hawkins, American poet and composer, dies at 48
  • 1838 Jonathan Huntington, American composer, dies at 66
  • 1844 Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Austrian composer and 6th child of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, dies at 53

Robert Schumann

1856 Robert Schumann, German pianist, composer (Humoresque), and music critic (Neue Zeitschrift für Musik - New Journal for Music), dies at 46

  • 1859 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, dies at 63
  • 1886 Adolf Muller, Austrian composer of operettas, dies at 84
  • 1906 Alexandre Luigini, French composer (Ballet égyptien), dies at 56
  • 1930 Alexander von Fielitz, German composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 69
  • 1933 Gerhard Schjelderup, Norwegian opera composer and musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1963 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, dies at 48
  • 1966 Pal Jardanyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 44
  • 1970 (Giovanni) "John" Barbirolli, British cellist, and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1936-43; Hallé Orchestra, 1943-1970; Houston Symphony, 1961-67), dies of a heart attackat 70
  • 1970 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, dies at 69
  • 1974 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreaming"), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • 1978 Glen Goins, American guitarist and singer (Parliament-Funkadelic - "Fantasy is Reality"), dies from Hodgkin's lymphoma at 24
  • 1978 Wesley LaViolette, American composer,conductor, poet, and educator dies at 84
  • 1980 Jan Tausinger, Romanian-Czech violist and composer, dies at 58
  • 1984 Fred Waring, American bandleader, conductor, and Waring Blender namesake, dies at 84
  • 1986 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1988 Ellin Berlin (née MacKay), American writer (Lace Curtain), and second wife of songwriter Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • 1988 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, dies at 55
  • 1992 William Mathias, Welsh composer (wrote for 1981 royal wedding), dies at 57
  • 1996 Jason Thirsk, American punk rock bassist (Pennywise) dies of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot at 28
  • 1997 Chuck Wayne [Jagelka], America session and bebop jazz guitarist (Woody Herman's First Herd; George Shearing Quintet; Gil Evans; Tony Bennett), dies of emphysema at 74

Jerome Robbins

1998 Jerome Robbins [Rabinowitz], American Tony and Academy Award-winning theater and ballet choreographer and director (West Side Story; Peter Pan), dies shortly after suffering a strokeat 79

  • 2004 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • 2004 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Hildegarde [Sell], American cabaret vocalist (“Leave It To The Girls"; "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup"), dies at 99
  • 2007 Art Davis, American bassist (A Time Remembered), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2008 Ishmeet Singh [Sodhi], Indian playback singer (Voice of India, 2007), drowns in a Maldives hotel swimming pool at 19
  • 2010 Roy Caton, American trumpet player and session musician, dies at 83
  • 2014 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • 2018 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), dies of complication from lung cancer at 76