On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 25

  • 1472 Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
  • 1663 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1792 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1800 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
  • 1808 Luigi Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • 1906 John Knowles Paine, American composer (Symphony No. 2 - In Spring), dies at 67
  • 1915 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer, and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • 1925 George Stephănescu, Romanian composer, dies at 81
  • 1939 John Foulds, British cellist, musicologist, and composer (World Requiem; Three Mantras), dies in Calcutta of cholera at 58
  • 1951 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 47
  • 1960 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, dies at 92
  • 1971 Max Drischner, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, dies at 80
  • 1974 Pam Courson (27), long-term companion of Door's vocalist Jim Morrison, dies of heroin overdose
  • 1975 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1988 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1990 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1992 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician dies of pulmonary edema at 26

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1995 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1999 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), dies during his brother's apparent murder-suicide at 47
  • 2000 Neils Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), dies at 80
  • 2002 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), dies in a car crash at 30
  • 2007 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter ("Monster Mash"), dies from leukemia at 69
  • 2008 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz trumpeter and bandleader ("Bad Penny Blues"), and broadcaster (BBC2 - Best Of Jazz, 1967-2007; BBC4 - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, 1972-2008), dies at 86
  • 2009 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (Maude; The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • 2016 Mei Baojiu, Chinese opera performer and director (Mei Lanfang Peking Opera), dies at 82
  • 2021 Rajan Mishra, Indian classical music vocalist, dies of Covid-19 complications at 69