On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 17

  • 1672 Orazio Benevoli, Franco-Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1941 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
  • 1951 Carl Vogler, Swiss composer, dies at 77
  • 1952 Alberto Williams, Argentine pianist and composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • 1953 Walter Niemann, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1954 Donato "Danny" Cedrone, American guitarist and bandleader (The Esquires; Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), died of broken neck suffered falling down a staircase at 33
  • 1983 Peter Mennin [Mennini], American composer (Moby Dick; The Cycle), and educator (Juilliard, 1962-83), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1984 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), dies at 78
  • 1986 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"), dies at 78
  • 1992 Dewey Balfa, American Cajun fiddler and singer, dies at 65
  • 2002 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • 2005 Karl Mueller, American bassist (Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"), dies of complications from esophageal cancer at 41
  • 2005 Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), dies at 48
  • 2005 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), dies at 69
  • 2006 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), dies at 76
  • 2007 Serena Wilson, American belly dancer (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • 2016 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46