On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 23

  • 1670 Loreto Vittori, Italian composer and mezzo-soprano singer, dies at 69
  • 1691 Jean-Henri D'Anglebert, French composer, harpsichordist and organist, dies at 62
  • 1728 Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco, Spanish composer based in Peru, dies at 83
  • 1732 Cajetan Kolberer, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1742 Mihael Omerza, Slovenian composer, dies at 62
  • 1762 Johann Samuel Endler, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1812 Franz Sebastian Haindl, German composer and violinist, dies at 85
  • 1847 Erik Gustaf Geijer, Swedish writer and composer, dies at 64
  • 1885 William Henry Holmes, English composer, dies at 73
  • 1897 Clement Harris, English composer, killed fighting in the Greco-Turkish war at 25
  • 1905 Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, dies at 54
  • 1946 Jesús Castillo, Guatemalan composer (Quiché Vinak), dies at 68
  • 1952 Elisabeth Schumann, German soprano, dies at 63
  • 1969 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1979 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1984 (William) "Red" Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60

  • 1984 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), dies at 84
  • 1986 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer ("Over the Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1991 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies from a combination of leukemia and drug abuse at 38
  • 1993 Daniel Jones, Welsh composer, dies at 80
  • 1995 Lonesome Sundown [Cornelius Green III], American blues singer & guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1999 Melba Liston, American jazz trombonist, arranger, and composer, dies at 73
  • 2005 Robert Farnon, Canadian classical and light music composer and conductor dies at 87
  • 2011 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), dies of congestive heart failure at 68
  • 2011 Peter Lieberson, American composer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2012 Chris Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band; The Flying Burrito Brothers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • 2012 Tommy Marth, American rock saxophone player (the Killers, 2008-2010), dies of self-inflicted gunshot at 33
  • 2014 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • 2014 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • 2014 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), dies at 75
  • 2021 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), dies at 71