On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 15

  • 1719 Johann Friedrich Treiber, German historian & composer, dies at 76
  • 1756 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, German composer, dies at 29
  • 1788 Giuseppe Bonno, Austrian composer, dies at 77
  • 1803 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným) dies at 65
  • 1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1866 William Jackson, British organist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1891 Stephen Albert Emery, American pianist, composer, and pedagogue (Elements of Harmony), dies at 49
  • 1924 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1927 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58
  • 1929 Antonio Smareglia, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1937 Nikolai Artzibushev, Russian jurist & composer, dies at 79
  • 1943 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian composer, and musicologist dies at 62
  • 1954 Juan Vicente Lecuna, Venezuelan diplomat & composer, dies at 54
  • 1957 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39
  • 1968 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, Ukrainian composer & the father of modern Ukrainian music, dies at 73

  • 1974 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter ("Malinconia d'amore"), dies at 68
  • 1984 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • 1988 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist, dies at 33
  • 1989 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive, dies at 71
  • 1995 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Alexander Tanev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • 2001 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma at 49
  • 2001 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • 2002 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 2004 Ray Condo, Canadian musician, dies at 53
  • 2005 John Fred, American pop singer ("Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)"), dies at 63
  • 2008 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • 2013 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, dies at 85
  • 2017 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • 2019 Les Reed, British songwriter ("It's Not Unusual"; "There's A Kind Of Hush"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies at 83
  • 2020 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92