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, composer, dies at 59
  • 1901 Richard Redhead, composer, dies at 81
  • 1915 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, dies at 43
  • 1950 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • 1972 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer, dies at 83
  • 1999 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)