On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 5

  • 1629 Domenico Allegri, Italian composer (b. c. 1585)
  • 1790 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, dies at 49
  • 1803 Francois Devienne, composer, dies at 44
  • 1890 Ludwig Deppe, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1910 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), dies at 70
  • 1910 Julian Edwards, American composer, dies at 54
  • 1962 Gertrude E. Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden). dies at 82
  • 1968 Juan Jose Castro, composer, dies at 73
  • 1969 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, dies at 59
  • 1969 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • 1969 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • 1975 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (b. 1920)
  • 1978 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • 1983 Antonio Mairena, flamenco singer (b. 1909)
  • 1988 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies at 81
  • 1992 Armen Carapetyan, Americn musicologist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 René Klijn, Dutch singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • 1994 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • 1995 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, American pianist, dies at 95
  • 1997 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • 1999 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2003 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • 2007 Thomas Hansen (musician) (b. 1976)
  • 2012 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), dies from heart failure at 72
  • 2015 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), dies from cancer at 66
  • 2015 Jacques Israelievitch, French-Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2017 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79
  • 2019 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76