On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 12

  • 1690 Miguel Gómez Camargo, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • 1760 Ernst Gottlieb Baron, German baroque composer, dies at 64
  • 1788 Carl Joseph Toeschi, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1788 Charles-Antoine Campion, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1797 Josef Antonin Stepan, Bohemian composer, dies at 71
  • 1814 Charles Burney, English music historian, dies at 88
  • 1872 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, dies at 76
  • 1896 Alexander Ritter, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1909 Hermann Kotzschmar, German-American composer, dies at 79
  • 1914 Josef Nešvera, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • 1922 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1938 Fyador Chaliapin, Russian operatic bass-baritone (Boris Godunov), dies at 65
  • 1951 Harold Vincent Milligan, American musician and composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Ernest Willem Mulder, Dutch conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 60
  • 1961 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), dies at 50
  • 1963 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43

  • 1971 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1972 Henri Potiron, French composer, dies at 89

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1975 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1981 Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, dies at 78
  • 1981 Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Ballade of Merel; Te Deum), dies at 88
  • 1989 Herbert Mills, American pop singer (The Mills Brothers - "Paper Doll"; "Lazy River"), dies at 77
  • 1992 Joe Medwick, American R&B singer, and songwriter ("Further On Up The Road"), dies at 61
  • 1994 Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
  • 1995 Chris Pyne, British jazz trombonist, dies at 56
  • 1999 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer ("King Of The Road"), dies of leukemia at 67
  • 2001 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • 2006 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76
  • 2008 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2012 Andrew Love, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • 2012 George Mesterhazy, Hungarian-American jazz pianist, and arranger, dies at 56
  • 2016 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88