On This Day

Musicians Who Died on June 4

  • 1872 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish conductor, composer (Straszny dwór - The Haunted Manor), and teacher, dies at 53
  • 1905 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, dies at 59
  • 1915 William Denis Browne, British composer, dies at 26
  • 1916 Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician ("Happy Birthday To You"), dies at 56
  • 1925 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, dies at 77
  • 1939 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony, 1924-49), dies at 76
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, German singer, composer, singing teacher, and concentration camp survivor, dies at 73
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1980 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), stabbed to death during a mugging in Los Angeles at 41
  • 1988 Allan Reuss, American jazz, big band, and session guitarist (Benny Goodman; Glenn Miller; Mildred Bailey), dies at 72
  • 1989 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1989 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
  • 1994 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • 1994 Earle Warren, American jazz alto sax player, dies at 79
  • 1995 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), dies at 80
  • 1997 Ronnie Lane, British bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1997 Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2001 John Hartford [Harford], American folk and bluegrass fiddler, banjo player, and songwrite ("Gentle On My Mind"), dies at 63
  • 2004 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • 2007 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter ("Cry To Me"), dies at 74
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer, dies at 58
  • 2011 David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), dies at 59 [1]
  • 2012 Herb Reed, American pop singer (The Platters - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies from multiple medical complications at 83
  • 2012 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer (Guns N' Roses; Bon Jovi; Stevie Wonder; John Lennon & Yoko Ono), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • 2020 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (The Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), dies at 72
  • 2020 Marcello Abbado, Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, dies at 93