Deaths in Music on May 17

  • 1050 Guido van Arezzo, Italian music theorist, dies
  • 1626 Juan Pujol, Catalan composer, dies at 56

Person of interestJohann Michael Bach

1694 Johann Michael Bach, German composer, dies at 46

  • 1796 Jacob Wilhelm Lustig, German composer, dies at 89
  • 1866 Adolf Bernhard Marx, composer, dies at 70
  • 1872 Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski, composer, dies at 63
  • 1884 Louis Brassin, composer, dies at 43
  • 1913 Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), dies of epilepsy at 49
  • 1916 Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer, dies at 68
  • 1919 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80
  • 1926 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • 1935 Paul Dukas, French composer (b. 1865)
  • 1942 Alfred Hollins, British composer, dies at 76
  • 1950 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • 1951 Karl Heinrich David, composer, dies at 66
  • 1953 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1955 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • 1957 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • 1961 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • 1981 Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Hugo Friedhofer, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1985 Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1992 Lawrence Welk, conductor/accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • 1992 Leonardo del Ferro, [Keyser], US epic tenor, dies
  • 1994 Donald Keith Falkner, singer, dies at 94
  • 1995 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • 1996 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • 1999 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (YĆ«zuru), dies at 77
  • 2002 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral haemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61

Person of interestDonna Summer

2012 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
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  • 2013 Alan O'Day, American rocker, dies from brain cancer at 72
  • 2015 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • 2016 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74