On This Day

Deaths in Music on July 4

  • 1603 Philippus the Monte, priest/bandmaster/composer, dies at 82
  • 1623 William Byrd, English composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80
  • 1672 Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1757 Jean-Joseph Vade, composer, dies at 38
  • 1851 Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer, dies at 67
  • 1882 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), dies at 85
  • 1889 Auguste Mermet, composer, dies at 79
  • 1891 Frederic Louis Ritter, composer, 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
  • 1971 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at 29
  • 1983 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • 1984 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies 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, US jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • 1995 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), dies at 76
  • 1999 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999 Ruby Johnson, American singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away), dies at 63

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2003 Barry White, American singer (Love's Theme), dies at 58

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  • 2003 André Claveau, French singer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, dies at 84
  • 2007 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, dies of complications after a car accident at 28
  • 2007 Bill Pinkney, American singer and performer (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2009 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • 2016 Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer, dies at 80