Musicians Who Died on April 18

  • 1824 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1830 José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Brazilian classical composer (Master of Music at the Royal Chapel), dies at 63
  • 1854 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, Polish composer, dies at 84
  • 1861 August Neithardt, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1863 Job Plimpton, American composer and organ builder, dies at 79
  • 1883 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist & composer, dies at 36
  • 1928 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1936 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (The Pines of Rome; Belkis), dies at 56
  • 1936 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1938 Richard Terry, English organist & musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1940 Florrie Forde [Flannagan], Australian singer and British music hall performer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • 1964 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, dies at 49
  • 1971 Masao Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1989 Julia Smith, American composer (Prairie Kaleidoscope; Cynthia Parker), pianist (Orchestrette Classique), teacher, and musicologist (Aaron Copland: His Work and Contribution to American Music), dies at 84
  • 1991 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), dies at 55
  • 1991 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), dies at 60
  • 1996 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • 2004 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2005 Kenneth Schermerhorn, American conductor (American Ballet), dies at 75
  • 2009 Enrique Franco, Spanish pianist, composer (Cuerda de presos), music promoter, and broadcaster (National Spanish Radio; Radio Clásica), dies at 89
  • 2012 Robert O. Ragland, American film score composer (The Thing With Two Heads), dies at 80
  • 2013 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), dies of liver failure at 60
  • 2013 Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer & music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2014 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, dies at 87
  • 2016 Brian Asawa, Japanese-American countertenor, dies of liver failure at 49
  • 2016 [Julia Liane] Aleah Stanbridge, South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), dies of cancer at 39
  • 2017 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), dies at 86
  • 2022 Harrison Birtwistle, British contemporary classical composer (The Minotaur; The Mask of Orpheus), dies at 87 [1]
  • 2022 Janez Matičič, Slovenian pianist. conductor, and pedagogue, dies at 95
  • 2022 Nicholas Angelich, American concert pianist, dies of degenerative lung disease at 51