Deaths in Music on April 30

  • 1630 Ercole Porta, composer, dies at 44
  • 1758 François d'Agincourt, French composer (b. 1684)
  • 1792 Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer, dies at 36
  • 1793 Lorenzo Fago, Italian composer and teacher, dies at 88
  • 1855 Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1887 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer, dies at 71
  • 1893 Gyula Beliczay, composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 Antonio Cagnoni, composer, dies at 68
  • 1912 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 63
  • 1942 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer, dies at 51
  • 1943 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42
  • 1952 Charles Radoux-Rogier, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1957 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • 1959 Armand Louis Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • 1970 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • 1976 Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer, dies at 51
  • 1977 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1980 Mary McCarty, American actress and singer (Babes in Toyland, Trapper John MD), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1982 Lester Bangs, American music journalist, author, and musician (b. 1949)

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

1983 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine

Person of interestMuddy Waters

1983 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1988 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • 1995 Donald Edwin White, ad copywriter/opera administrator, dies at 59
  • 2007 Grégory Lemarchal, French singer, dies of health complications while waiting for a lung transplant at 23
  • 2007 Zola Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 2014 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • 2015 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • 2016 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), dies at 69