Deaths in Music on April 17

  • 1714 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, composer, dies at 56
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer/musicologist, dies at 82
  • 1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer, dies at 60
  • 1890 John Barnett, composer, dies at 87
  • 1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77
  • 1899 Hans Balatka, composer, dies at 74
  • 1941 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1967 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1974 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • 1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • 1987 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 2003 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2011 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 2013 Bi Kidude, Tanzanian Taarab singer, dies at c. 100