Musicians Who Died 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
  • 1954 Torsten Ralf, Swedish operatic tenor (Daphne - "Apollo"), dies at 53
  • 1972 Phil King, American football running back, 1956-63 (NY Giants), accidentally shoots himself at 36
  • 1977 Joe Garland, American big band jazz saxophonist, arranger, and composer (In the Mood; Serenade To A Savage), dies at 73
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon; St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • 1992 Sol K. Bright, Hawaiian steel-guitar player, singer (Hollywaiians), and songwriter ("Hawaiian Cowboy"), dies at 72
  • 1999 Al Hirt, American jazz trumpeter (Greatest Horn in the World), dies of liver failure at 76
  • 2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, American stage and screen actress, and pop singer ("Turn the Beat Around"), dies of cancer 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
  • 2010 Morris Pert, Scottish session jazz-rock drummer, percussionist, pianist, and contemporary classical composer (Ankh; Auroura), dies at 62
  • 2011 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • 2015 Rolf Smedvig, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1971-81; Empire Brass, 1972-2015), and educator (Boston University), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2020 Lynn Harrell, American classical cellist, educator, and Grammy Award-winner, dies of a stroke at 76
  • 2022 Judy Henske, American folk singer (High Flying Bird), dies at 85