Musicians Who Died on July 4

  • 1603 Philippe de Monte, Dutch priest, bandmaster and composer, dies at 82
  • 1623 William Byrd, British composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80
  • 1672 Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1757 Jean-Joseph Vadé, French songwriter, poet, and playwright, dies at 38
  • 1851 Martin-Joseph Mengal, Belgian composer, and educator (Royal Conservatory of Ghent, 1835-51), dies at 67
  • 1882 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), dies at 85
  • 1889 Auguste Mermet, French opera composer, dies at 79
  • 1891 Frédérick Louis Ritter, French composer, add eductator (Vassar, 1867-91), dies at 67
  • 1910 Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer, dies at 70
  • 1929 Otto Taubmann, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1963 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1965 Valdemar Eiberg, Danish jazz pioneer, saxophonist, and band leader ("I've Got a Cross-Eyed Papa"), dies at 72
  • 1971 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies of leukemia at 29
  • 1983 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • 1984 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter ("You Must Be Laughing Somewhere"; "Let It Flow"), dies when his motorcycle is struck by drunken driver at 34
  • 1986 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • 1992 Astor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (Tango Nuevo), dies at 71
  • 1992 Joe Newman, American jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • 1995 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress (Green Acres'"Lisa";, Gigi), comedian, singer and socialite, dies at 76
  • 1999 Ronny Graham [Stringer], American composer, lyricist, screenwriter (M*A*S*H (TV series), and actor (Chico & the Man; Mel Brooks films), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999 Ruby Johnson, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), dies at 63
  • 2003 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)

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American singer ("Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe"; "You're The First, The Last, My Everything"), dies at 58

  • 2004 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, dies at 84
  • 2005 John Stubblefield, American jazz saxophonist, flute and oboe player (Mingus Big Band), dies at 60
  • 2007 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician ("Gözlerin"/ "Your Eyes"), and actor (My Lying Lover), dies of injuries sustained in a car accident at 28
  • 2007 Bill Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 2009 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009 Jim Chapin, American jazz drummer, and author, dies at 89
  • 2012 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), dies at 83
  • 2016 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80
  • 2021 Rick Laird, Irish jazz-fusion bassist (Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1971-73; Gerry Niewood & Timepiece), and photographer, dies of lung cancer at 80
  • 2021 Sanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist ("The Fool"; "Son Of A Gun"), dies of Covid-19 while undergoing cancer treatment at 85