Deaths in Music on June 17

  • 1672 Orazio Benevoli, 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 composer (Etrerno Reposo), dies at 89
  • 1953 Walter Niemann, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1979 Lou Frizzell, American actor and music director (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 59
  • 1983 Peter Mennin(i), US composer (Moby Dick), dies at 60
  • 1986 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC 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), dies at 42
  • 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