On This Day

Deaths in Music on April 10

  • 1545 Costanzo Festa, Italian composer
  • 1640 Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • 1731 Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, composer, dies at 58
  • 1756 Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer, dies at 94
  • 1783 František Václav Habermann, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • 1810 Konrad Back, German monastic composer, dies at 60
  • 1911 Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, composer, dies at 35
  • 1937 Algernon Ashton, British composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • 1955 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer, dies at 68
  • 1956 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • 1956 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • 1958 Chuck Willis, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1960 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • 1962 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • 1979 Nino Rota [Giovanni Rota Rinaldi], Italian classical and film score composer (Il cappello di paglia di Firenze; The Godfather (I & II; 16 Fellini films), dies from a coronary thrombosis at 67
  • 1986 Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter ("The Greatest Love Of All"), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • 1994 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival), dies at 77
  • 1997 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68

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2003 Little Eva [Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

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  • 2005 Norbert Brainin, Austrian-British violinist (Amadeus Quartet, 1947-87), dies at 82
  • 2007 Dakota Staton, American jazz singer ("Where Flamingos Fly"; "Sex Is A Misdemeanor"), dies at 76
  • 2013 Jimmy Dawkins, American electric blues musician, dies at 76
  • 2017 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2018 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Sisters), dies at 80
  • 2019 Earl Thomas Conley, American singer-songwriter with 18 No. 1 country hits ("Once In A Blue Moon"; "Angel In Disguise"), dies from cerebral atrophy at 77