On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 1

  • 1528 Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer
  • 1580 Alonso Mudarra, Spanish composer
  • 1734 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 69
  • 1799 Narciso Casanovas, composer, dies at 52
  • 1807 Louis François Chambray, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1807 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer, dies at 61
  • 1830 Carl Borromaus Neuner, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1865 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, dies at 67
  • 1866 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer, dies at 98
  • 1878 Eugene Gautier, composer, dies at 56
  • 1915 Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, dies at 82

Person of interestScott Joplin

1917 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1918 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, dies at 64
  • 1925 Francis William Davenport, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1930 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • 1936 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, dies at 61

  • 1951 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • 1964 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, dies at 60
  • 1974 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • 1976 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • 1976 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1981 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1983 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), dies at 66

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1984 Marvin Gaye, American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), shot to death by his father Marvin Gay, Sr., during a domestic dispute in Los Angeles at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1984 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), dies at 76
  • 1986 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • 1992 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1993 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, dies at 86
  • 1995 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, dies at 73
  • 1996 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • 1999 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • 2001 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • 2004 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, dies at 76
  • 2004 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • 2005 Alexander Brott, Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist, conductor, educator, and composer (McGill Chamber Orchestra), dies at 90
  • 2005 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), dies at 75
  • 2005 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 2014 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • 2015 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2019 Michel Sénéchal, French operatic tenor, and educator, dies at 91
  • 2020 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • 2020 Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), dies of COVID-19 complications at 52
  • 2020 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, dies of Covid-19 at 94