On This Day

Musicians Who Died 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, Dutch violinist, organist, and composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • 1870 Camille Marie Stamaty, French pianist, composer, and teacher of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Camille Saint-Saëns, 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, American songwriter ("I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" ), 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

  • 1987 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), dies of cancer at 77
  • 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
  • 1993 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1994 Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1995 "King" Herbert Whitaker, American R&B tenor saxophonist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Bernard Edwards, American funk and disco bass player (Chic - "Le Freak"; "Good Times"), dies of pneumonia 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
  • 2003 Conrad Leonard, British composer and pianist, dies at 104
  • 2005 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Danish jazz bassist (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Rick Lewis, American doo-wop tenor (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 71
  • 2010 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • 2012 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • 2012 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now"), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • 2018 Graciela Agudelo, Mexican pianist and avant garde composer (Celebration of Wine ), dies at 72
  • 2019 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • 2019 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, dies at 91
  • 2020 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker ("You Turn Me On"), dies at 78

Person of interestJim Steinman

2021 Jim Steinman, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell; Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart), dies at 73

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman