On This Day

Deaths in Music on April 27

  • 1758 Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • 1764 Jaime de Casellas, Spanish composer, dies at 73
  • 1871 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1901 Richard Redhead, English composer, dies at 81
  • 1915 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) & pianist, dies at 43
  • 1950 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, Polish composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Karl Straube, German organist & conductor, dies at 77
  • 1972 Phil King, English musician (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • 1999 Al Hirt, American trumpeter, dies of liver failure at 76
  • 2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer, dies at 45
  • 2007 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2009 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • 2011 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • 2020 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, dies at 76