On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 28

  • 1770 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, dies at 60
  • 1799 Francois Giroust, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1804 Hans Gram, Danish composer, dies at 49
  • 1887 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian & composer, dies at 67
  • 1934 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician ("Pony Blues"; "High Water Everywhere"), dies of a mitral valve disorder between the ages of 37 and 43
  • 1935 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, dies at 87
  • 1969 Johannes Röntgen, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • 1979 Feliks Roderyk Łabuński, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • 1980 Tommy Caldwell, American rock bass player (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1981 Steve Currie, British rock bassist (T. Rex; Marc Bolan), dies in a car crash in Portugal at 33
  • 1982 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • 1984 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), dies at 52
  • 1987 Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), dies at 84
  • 1988 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • 1999 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2005 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2006 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • 2007 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist & bandleader (The Tonight Show), dies at 78
  • 2009 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2009 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • 2009 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), dies after a stroke at 74
  • 2012 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • 2013 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, dies at 88
  • 2013 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2014 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • 2014 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • 2015 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71
  • 2020 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer ("Tossin' and Turnin'"), dies at 95
  • 2021 Anita Lane, Australian rock singer-songwriter (The Bad Seeds - "From Her To Eternity"), dies at 61