Musicians Who Died on July 31

  • 1790 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, dies at 48

Franz LisztFranz Liszt (1811-1886)

Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), dies of heart disease at 74

  • 1932 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1960 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1964 Jim Reeves, American country singer ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), dies in airplane crash at 39
  • 1967 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), dies at 81
  • 1970 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • 1978 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • 1980 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49
  • 1980 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • 1984 Paul Le Flem, French composer and music critic, dies at 103
  • 1986 Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist and arranger (Billie Holiday; Benny Goodman), dies of stomach cancer at 73 [1]
  • 1988 André Navarra, French concert cellist (Jolivet's Cello Concerto), and educator (Paris Conservatoire, 1947-88), dies at 76
  • 1993 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), dies at 29
  • 1994 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • 1996 Paul Crawford, American Dixieland jazz musician, arranger, (Olympic Brass Band), and music historian (Tulane University), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 1996 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • 1998 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 98
  • 2005 Les Braid, British bassist (Swinging Blue Jeans - "Hippie-Hippie Shake), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2012 Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), dies at 86
  • 2021 Alvin Ing, American stage and screen singer and actor (Flower Drum Song), dies of Covid-19 complications at 89