Deaths in Music on April 1

  • 1528 Francisco de PeƱalosa, 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 Francois Chambray, composer, dies at 69
  • 1807 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer, dies at 61
  • 1830 Carl Borromaus Neuner, 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, composer, dies at 82

Person of interestScott Joplin

1917 Scott Joplin, ragtime composer (The Entertainer), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1918 Karl Fritjof Valentin, 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 Bozidar Kunc, composer, dies at 60
  • 1974 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, composer, dies at 86
  • 1976 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • 1976 Miroslav Ponc, composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1981 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1984 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1992 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1995 Francisco Moncion, 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 and singer (b. 1956)
  • 2004 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • 2005 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 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