On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 7

  • 1667 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist, singer, and composer, dies at 50
  • 1736 John Weldon, English composer, dies at 60
  • 1793 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1800 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Roland), dies at 72
  • 1814 Franz Volrath Buttstett, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1818 Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, dies at 70

Antonio Salieri

1825 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (Tarare), dies in Vienna at 74

  • 1836 Norbert Burgmuller, German composer, drowns during an epileptic seizure at 26
  • 1914 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, dies at 87
  • 1922 Max Wagenknecht, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1928 Alexander Spendiaryan, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 56
  • 1934 Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67
  • 1942 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • 1950 Bertha "Chippie" Hill, American blues and vaudeville singer (King Oliver's Jazz Band), struck and killed by a car in New York City at 45
  • 1970 Carlos Estrada, Uruguayan composer and conductor, dies at 60
  • 1977 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1981 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, Polish-Canadian composer (Encounterpoint), educator, and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1986 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, (Godspell) dies from complications of HIV/AIDS at 36
  • 1995 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • 1998 Eddie Rabbitt, American songwriter ("Kentucky Rain"), and country singer ("I Love a Rainy Night"), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 2004 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), and broadcaster, dies of cancer at 73
  • 2006 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2007 Bianco [Eugene Capobianco], American jazz, easy-listening, and session harpist, dies at 80
  • 2010 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million; Wheels), dies at 87
  • 2011 "Big" George Webley, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 2011 John Walker [Maus], American rock vocalist (Walker Brothers - "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), dies of liver cancer at 67
  • 2014 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • 2017 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, dies at 92
  • 2018 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, dies at 101
  • 2019 Georg Katzer, German composer (electro-acoustic music), dies at 84
  • 2022 Mickey Gilley, American nightclub owner (Urban Cowboy) and country singer (Roomful of Roses), dies at 86 [1]