On This Day

Deaths in Music on June 4

  • 1872 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer, dies at 53
  • 1905 Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1907 Agathe Grondahl, composer, 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 musician, dies at 39
  • 1951 Serge Koussevitzky, Russian-American conductor (Boston Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1956 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • 1972 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • 1989 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1994 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 48
  • 1994 Earle Warren, American 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, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 1997 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2001 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2007 Freddie Scott, American singer and songwriter (Cry to Me), dies at 74
  • 2011 Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2012 Herb [Herbert] Reed, American musician (The Platters), dies at 83
  • 2012 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer who worked with 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), dies at 72