On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 16

  • 1645 Tobias Hume, Scottish composer (The First Part of Ayres), dies
  • 1846 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83
  • 1858 Johann Baptist Cramer, German British pianist, composer and publisher, dies at 87
  • 1876 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, Belgian composer, dies at 83
  • 1881 George William Martin, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1890 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), dies at 87
  • 1920 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • 1973 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • 1980 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), dies at 81
  • 1992 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1996 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1996 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • 1997 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter, known as the"Queen Mother of Nashville" ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies at 82
  • 1997 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • 1999 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 2011 Paul Des Marais, American composer, dies at 90 [1]
  • 2015 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69
  • 2016 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), dies at 64
  • 2019 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • 2019 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2020 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2021 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), dies on his 77th birthday