On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 14

  • 1655 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, German composer, dies at 39

Person of interestGeorge Frideric Handel

1759 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), dies at 74

  • 1813 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1843 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer/violist, dies at 42
  • 1888 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, British organist, composer, and educator, dies at 63
  • 1954 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), dies at 39 [or 57, or 48 - year of birth disputed]
  • 1981 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, dies at 78

Person of interestPete Farndon

1983 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), drowns in his bathtub after a drug overdose at 30

Musician Pete Farndon
Pete Farndon
  • 1983 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer (Les Prédictions) and pedagogue, dies at 42
  • 1983 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1985 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time: Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • 1987 Karl Höller, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, dies at 83
  • 1988 Johan Franco, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 1990 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58

  • 1992 Sammy Price, American boogie-woogie pianist, and bandleader, dies at 83
  • 1995 Burl Ives, American folk singer (A Holly Jolly Christmas), and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies from complications of mouth cancer at 85
  • 1995 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist, dies at 75
  • 1996 Gaylord Birch, American session drummer (Pointer Sisters; Herbie Hancock), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1996 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, American folk music record producer and manager (Joan Baez; Rev. Gary Davis), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 1999 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • 2005 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • 2007 Don Ho, Hawaiian-American pop and Hawaiian music singer ("Tiny Bubbles"; "Ain't No Big Thing!"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2008 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), dies in scuba diving accident at 44
  • 2010 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 2013 Colin Davis, English conductor (Metropolitan Opera, 1967-71), dies at 85
  • 2014 Armando Peraza, Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, and rock percussionist (George Shearing; Cal Tjader; Santana, 1972-90), dies at about 89 [birth year disputed]
  • 2015 Percy Sledge, American soul singer ("When A Man Loves A Woman"), dies at 73
  • 2021 Norman "Rusty" Young, American pedal-steel guitarist, singer and songwriter (Poco - "Rose of Cimarron"; "Crazy Love"), dies of a heart attack at 75