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 (head of Prince Esterházy's court orchestra), 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
  • 1975 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1988 Boris Kremenliev, Bulgarian-American composer (The Tell-Tale Heart), educator (UCLA, 1947-78), and ethno-musicologist (Bulgarian-Macedonian Folk Music),r, dies at 76
  • 1988 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1990 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist Go!; The Other Side of 'Round Midnight), and actor ('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

Ginger Rogers

1995 Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath], American vaudeville, stage and screen dancer, singer (Top Hat), and Academy Award-winning actress (Kitty Foyle; Stage Door), dies at 83

  • 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 [Bernice Frankel], American Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress (Mame; Maude; The Golden Girls), and singer, dies of lung cancer at 86
  • 2010 Dorothy Provine, American actress (The Roaring 20's; That Darn Cat: Who's Minding The Mint?), and singer, dies of emphysema at 75
  • 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