Musicians Who Died on September 3

  • 1708 Christian Liebe, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1790 Thomas Norris, English composer, dies at 49
  • 1811 Ignaz Franzl, German composer and violinist, dies at 75
  • 1871 Vaclav Horak, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1914 Albéric Magnard, French composer (Guercœur) dies defending his property against invading Germans in WWI at 49
  • 1944 František Drdla, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1946 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • 1951 Robert Hernried, Austrian born American composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1960 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, dies at 72
  • 1963 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79
  • 1964 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • 1970 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27
  • 1971 David Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise; I Surrender Dear; Broadway Open House), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1974 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), dies at 73
  • 1981 Mary Jane DeZurik, American country singer and hillbilly yodeler (The Cackle Sisters - National Barn Dance, Grand Ole Opry), dies at 64
  • 1984 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (Girl from Paris; Excuse My Dust), dies at 83
  • 1985 (Jonathon) "Jo" Jones, American jazz drummer, and percussionist (Count Basie), dies of pneumonia at 73
  • 1985 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • 1987 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), dies at 61
  • 1994 Major Lance, American soul singer ("The Monkey Time"; "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um",), dies between 52 and 55 [year of birth disputed]
  • 2004 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ("reet Petite": I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"), dies at 72
  • 2006 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), dies at 73
  • 2007 Carter Albrecht, American musician, dies in a gun accident at 34
  • 2008 Matthew Peaceman, American oboist, conductor, composer (Abyss/Scorched Earth), and teacher, dies of cancer at 56
  • 2010 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada], English musician (ELO), killed by a rolling hay bale at 62

Walter Becker

2017 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

  • 2021 Ruth Olay, American jazz and cabaret singer, dies at 97