On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 29

  • 1712 Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1813 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1905 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), dies at 57
  • 1922 Kyrylo Stetsenko, Ukrainian composer (Burlaka), choral conductor, music critic, teacher, and later, Ukrainian Orthodox priest, dies of typhus while tending to the sick during an outbreak at 39
  • 1935 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30
  • 1943 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist and composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • 1943 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1956 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75
  • 1957 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1961 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), dies at 63
  • 1967 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38
  • 1973 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1976 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.) dies at 55
  • 1982 Herbert Collum, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1988 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1990 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazin' in the Grass"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1993 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist (David Bowie's Spiders From Mars), and producer (Mott the Hoople; Lou Reed), dies of liver cancer at 46
  • 1997 Keith Ferguson, American blues-rock bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use at 50
  • 1999 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet, 1948-58), dies at 98
  • 1999 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), dies at 65
  • 2005 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host, dies of a heart attack at 39
  • 2005 (Gwendolyn) Dianne Brooks, American R&B, jazz, session and touring vocalist (Three Playmates - "Sugah Wooga"; solo - "Walking On My Mind"; Anne Murray), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 66
  • 2008 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • 2010 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • 2011 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • 2012 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • 2013 John La Montaine, American composer, dies at 93
  • 2014 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • 2014 Paul Goddard, American rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So In To You"), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016 Dmytro Hnatyuk, Ukrainian baritone (1951-88), opera director State Opera, 1975-88), and parliamentarian, dies at 91
  • 2021 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), singer ("Sandy"), and bandleader (JCO), dies at 75
  • 2021 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), dies at 28