On This Day

Deaths in Music on April 19

  • 1629 Sigismondo d'India, Italian composer
  • 1645 William Smith, British composer, dies at 42
  • 1770 Esprit Antoine Blanchard, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1772 Johann Peter Kellner, German organist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1773 Florian Johann Deller, Austrian composer, dies at 43
  • 1799 Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1870 Camille Marie Stamaty, composer, dies at 59
  • 1870 William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77
  • 1876 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1923 Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, dies at 75
  • 1932 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • 1950 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), dies at 66
  • 1981 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • 1986 Dag Wirén, Swedish composer, dies at 80

  • 1992 Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1992 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1994 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1995 "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66
  • 1996 Bernard Edwards, bass player, dies at 44
  • 1997 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39
  • 1998 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2000 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 2005 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2019 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • 2020 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker (You Turn Me On), dies at 78