Deaths in Music on May 5

  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1613 Johann Steuerlein, composer, dies at 66
  • 1702 Jacob Hintze, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1831 Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, composer, dies at 65
  • 1837 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), dies at 85
  • 1840 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, composer, dies at 67
  • 1840 Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
  • 1885 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • 1892 Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer, dies at 80
  • 1957 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
  • 1960 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • 1963 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • 1972 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1986 Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
  • 1986 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • 1988 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), dies at 68
  • 1995 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • 2004 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • 2004 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • 2006 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2015 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63