On This Day

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 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • 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 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 1992 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80

Person of interestLinda McCartney

1998 Linda McCartney [née Eastman], American photographer, musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 2003 Earl King, American R&B and blues guitarists, singer, and songwriter ("Come On"; "Big Chief"), dies from diabetes-related complications at 69
  • 2008 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (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, American soprano, 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