Musicians Who Died on April 17

  • 1714 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, Ukrainian born Russian composer, dies at 60
  • 1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, Italian born French composer, dies at 77
  • 1899 Hans Balatka, Moravian-American conductor (Milwaukee Musikverein; Chicago Oratorio Society), author (Condensed History of Music), and composer, dies at 74
  • 1941 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, dies in a German bombing raid of London at 43
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), dies in a English taxi-car crash at 21
  • 1967 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • 1971 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • 1971 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1974 Herbert Elwell, American composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • 1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • 1986 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • 1987 Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), murdered at 36
  • 1992 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure

Linda McCartneyLinda McCartney (1941-1998)

American photographer, musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

  • 2003 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • 2008 Danny Federici, American rock organisst, accordionist, and glockenspieler (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • 2011 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist, composer (Na shledanou v Praze (Good-bye in Prague); Moonscape), conductor, and educator (University of Sydney, 1960-91), dies at 84
  • 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
  • 2013 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91
  • 2020 Arlene Saunders [Soszynski], American soprano, 1961-85 (Hamburg Opera; New York Metropolitan Opera), dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • 2020 Matthew Seligman, British studio and touring new wave rock bassist (Robyn Hitchcock; Thompson Twins; Thomas Dolby), dies from Covid-19 complications at 64
  • 2022 Radu Lupu, Romanian Grammy Award-winning concert pianist (Van Cliburn Competition - gold, 1966; George Enesco Competition - 1st prize, 1967), dies at 76
  • 2022 Re Styles [Shirley Macleod], Dutch-American actress (Space Is The Place), designer, and rock vocalist (The Tubes, 1976-79), dies at 72