On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 3

  • 1797 Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1826 Reginald Heber, English bishop & hymn writer, dies at 42
  • 1827 Ernst Chladni, German physicist (Chladni's law - estimating the speed of sound), instrument inventor (euphon; clavicylinder), and musician, dies at 70
  • 1850 Václav Tomášek, Czech pianist, composer (Eclogues), and pedagogue, dies at 75
  • 1858 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer and royal chaplain master, dies at 79
  • 1868 Franz Berwald, Swedish composer, dies of pneumonia at 71
  • 1882 Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, German composer, dies at 71

Johannes Brahms

1897 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hungarian Dances; A German Requiem), dies at 63

  • 1901 Richard D'Oyly Carte, British opera impresario (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), dies at 56
  • 1907 Theodor Aufrecht, German linguist, Indologist and translator (Rigveda's Hymns), dies at 85
  • 1909 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, dies at 71
  • 1919 Paul Geisler, German conductor and composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Homer Newton Bartlett, American pianist, organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1930 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, dies at 82
  • 1942 Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1942 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • 1949 Basil Harwood, English composer, dies at 89
  • 1950 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Kurt Weill, German-American composer (Die Dreigroschenoper - The Threepenny Opera), dies after a heart attack at 50
  • 1962 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1972 Ferde Grofé American composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • 1976 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, dies at 75
  • 1978 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1983 Danny Rapp, American pop singer (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41
  • 1986 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1987 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), dies at 97
  • 1990 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 1992 (Lloyd) "Slim" Andrews, American actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), comic, and singer-songwriter, dies at 85 [1]
  • 1996 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1999 Lionel Bart, English pop and theatrical music composer (Oliver), and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 2001 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • 2002 Fad Gadget [Francis Tovey], English singer and musician, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 2003 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter ("Be What You Are"), dies at 61
  • 2005 Tony Croatto {Hermes Martinis], Italian-Puerto Rican folk song singer and composer (Los TNT; Haciendo Punto en Otro Son), and television presenter, dies of cancer at 65
  • 2007 Zoltan Pongracz, Hungarian composer (Mariphonia), dies at 95
  • 2010 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • 2011 Calvin Russell [Kosler], American blues, roots, and rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dream Of The Dog), dies of liver cancer at 62
  • 2013 Robert Ward, American composer (Pantaloon), dies at 95
  • 2015 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 2015 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • 2016 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice; Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • 2017 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • 2018 Lill-Babs [Barbro Margareta Svensson], Swedish pop singer, (Eurovision, 1961) actress, and television presenter, dies of heart failure while battling cancer at 80
  • 2021 Jill Corey [Norma Jean Speranza], American pop singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 85