July 11 : This Day in Music History Deaths

This Day in Music History
Deaths
July 11

1937 : George Gershwin, American composer and pianist, born Jacob Gershvin. Having complained of blinding headaches and a recurring impression that he was smelling burned rubber, the doctors discovered some kind of brain tumor. He died only two days after surgery for the tumor at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 38.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (26 September 1898)

1981 : Hubert Johnson, singer of the Motown group The Contours, committed suicide by swallowing rat poison in Detroit, Michigan. (The Contours - singer)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (14 January 1941)

Hubert Johnson

1989 : Roger Christian, aka "Hot Dog Rog" Christian, radio personality and lyricist, died of complications of kidney and liver failure in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 57. He co-wrote several songs for The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (3 July 1934)

Roger Christian

1996 : Louis Gottlieb died after a short illness in Occidental, California, at the age of 72. (The Limeliters - bassist and lofty comic spokesman)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (10 October 1923)

1996 : Jonathan Melvoin American musician, died of a drug overdose involving heroin in New York City at the age of 34. (The Smashing Pumpkins - keyboards)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (6 December 1961)

1999 : Helen Forrest, American singer born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, died from congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 82. (Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (12 April 1917)

2002 : Rosco Gordon, American blues singer and songwriter, died of a heart attack at his apartment in Queens, New York City, at the age of 74.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (10 April 1928)

2006 : Bill Miller, American jazz pianist, died while touring with Sinatra, Jr. from complications following a heart attack, at Montreal General Hospital, at the age of 91. (Frank Sinatra [for over 50 years], Frank Sinatra, Jr. - piano)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (3 February 1915)
Bill Miller Bill Miller
Above left: with Frank Sinatra. Above right: with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
In the video below, the actual pianist is Bill Miller.

 

2007 : Rod Lauren, born Rod Lawrence Strunk, committed suicide by falling from a second-floor balcony of a hotel in Tracy, California, at the age of 67.
See also: This Day in Music History Births (20 March 1940)

2011 : Rob Grill, American lead singer, songwriter and bass guitarist, born Robert Frank Grill, died in a hospital in Orlando, Florida, at the age of 67. He had been in a coma since sustaining a head injury several weeks earlier when he fell after suffering a stroke. (The Grass Roots - bass guitar, vocals)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (30 November 1943)

2013 : Charles Pope, American R&B singer, died in Jonesboro, Georgia, at the age of 77. (The Tams - singer, bandleader)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (7 August 1936)

2014 : Charlie Haden, American jazz double bass player, born Charles Edward Haden, died after a prolonged illness in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 76. (Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett, Liberation Music Orchestra)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (6 August 1937)

2014 : Tommy Ramone, Hungarian American record producer and musician, born Erdélyi Tamás, died following unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer at his home in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, at the age of 65. (Ramones - drummer)
See also: This Day in Music History Births (29 January 1949)

Tommy Ramone

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