On This Day

Deaths in Music on April 2

  • 1705 Johann Löhner, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1758 Johann Balthasar Konig, composer, dies at 67
  • 1784 Pierre Leclair, French composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • 1803 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church hymns), dies at 56
  • 1932 Hugo Kaun, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1944 Mikulas Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 71
  • 1951 Simon Barere, Russian pianist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54 while performing Grieg's Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall
  • 1961 Wallingford Riegger, American composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • 1965 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1973 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, dies at 74

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1987 Buddy Rich, American big band drummer, and orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1992 Paula Kelly, American big band singer, dies at 72
  • 1995 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57
  • 1995 Leo LeBlanc, American country musician and pianist who was legally blind, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1996 Guitar Gabriel [Robert Lewis Jones], American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 70
  • 1997 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • 2003 (Charles) Edwin Starr [Hatcher], American soul and R&B singer ("War"), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2008 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • 2015 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2016 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • 2016 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be A Hero"), dies at 71
  • 2020 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, dies at 95
  • 2021 Morris "B. B." Dickerson, American bassist (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), dies at 71