Deaths in Music on July 3

  • 1801 Johann Nepomuk Went, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 1809 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (b. 1746)
  • 1873 Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer, dies at 57
  • 1891 Stefano Golinelli, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1952 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, dies at 64
  • 1952 Henriette Bosmans, composer, dies
  • 1957 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • 1960 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Clarence Loomis, composer, dies at 75
  • 1966 AndrĂ© Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Joseph Deems Taylor, composer, dies at 80
  • 1969 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • 1969 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestJim Morrison

1971 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure at 27

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • 1972 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • 1973 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63

  • 1977 Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • 1979 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • 1986 Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • 1991 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Brad Lee Sexton, bass guitarist, dies at 47
  • 1998 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • 1999 Mark Sandman, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 2000 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), dies of heart failure at 79
  • 2001 Johnny Russell, American country singer and songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), dies of renal failure at 64
  • 2007 [Homer] Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • 2008 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • 2012 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2018 William "Bill" Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • 2018 Richard Swift, American singer and songwriter, dies at 41