Musicians Who Died on July 5

  • 1803 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1852 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer and clergyman, dies at 69
  • 1883 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, dies at 42
  • 1884 Victor Massé, French composer(Les Noces de Jeannette), dies at 62
  • 1909 Emil Bohn, composer, dies at 70
  • 1925 Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Oskar Fried, German-Russian composer, dies at 69
  • 1944 William Gillies Whittaker, English composer, dies at 67
  • 1963 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • 1969 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • 1975 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • 1980 Archibald James Potter, Irish composer, dies at 61
  • 1981 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, dies at 75
  • 1983 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, dies from lymphatic cancer at 67
  • 1983 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • 1984 Don Elliott [Helfman], American jazz trumpeter, vibraphonist, mellophone player, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 57
  • 1989 Ernesto Halffter, Spanish classical and film score composer (Rapsodia portuguesa; is Don Quixote de la Mancha), and conductor, dies at 84
  • 1992 Georgia Brown [Lilian Klot], British cabaret stage, and screen singer and actress (Oliver!; Shoulder To Shoulder), dies from complications of emergency intestinal surgery at 59
  • 1997 Mrs. Miller, American singer (A Lover's Missouri), dies at 89
  • 2001 Ernie K-Doe, African-American singer (Mother-in-Law), dies of cirrhosis at 65
  • 2002 Grant Beglarian, Armenian-American composer (Of Fables, Foibles, and Fancies), educator (University of Southern California, 1969-86), and arts administrator,dies at 74
  • 2002 Harold "Duke" Dejan, Creole-American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader (Olympia Brass Band), dies at 93
  • 2005 Shirley Goodman, American R&B and disco singer (Shame Shame Shame), dies at 69
  • 2007 George Melly, British jazz & blues singer, journalist, and art critic, dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 80
  • 2007 Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1962-87), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2009 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), dies at 89
  • 2010 David Fanshawe, British composer and ethno-musicologist (African Sanctus,; Pacific Odessey), dies of a stroke at 68
  • 2011 Malcolm Forsyth, South African-Canadian trombonist and composer (Atayoskewin), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • 2016 Alirio Díaz, Venezuelan guitarist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • 2017 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), dies at 89
  • 2022 Alfred Koerppen, German organist, composer, and educator (Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater, 1948-91). dies at 95