On This Day

Deaths in Music 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
  • 1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1866 William Jackson of Masham, English composer & organist, dies at 51
  • 1891 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer & pianist, dies at 49
  • 1924 Eduardo Caudella, Romanian opera composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 John Singer Sargent, American painter (Wyndham Sisters), dies at 69
  • 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 musicologist & composer, 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, 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, American musician & singer (The Ramones), dies at 49
  • 2001 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • 2004 Ray Condo, Canadian musician, dies at 53
  • 2005 John Fred, American 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 guitarist, dies at 70
  • 2020 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92