On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 30

  • 1630 Ercole Porta, Italian 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 Bishop, British composer and conductor, dies at 68
  • 1887 Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1893 Gyula Beliczay, Hungarian composer and teacher, dies at 57
  • 1896 Antonio Cagnoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 68
  • 1912 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 63
  • 1942 Catherine Murphy Urner, American 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 Marsick, Belgian composer, dies at 81
  • 1966 Richard Fariña, American folk singer-songwriter ("Birmingham Sunday"), and novelist ("Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me"), dies in a motorcycle crash on his 29th birthday
  • 1970 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82

  • 1976 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet (Out To Sea); Anne Pedersdotter), dies at 51
  • 1977 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73
  • 1980 Mary McCarty, American singer, dancer, stage and screen actress (Babes in Toyland; All That Jazz;, Trapper John, MD), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1982 Lester Bangs, American music journalist (Creem; Rolling Stone), and musician (Birdland), dies of accidental cold medicine overdose at 33

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 [McKinley Morganfield], American blues singer and guitarist ("Mannish Boy"; "Got My Mojo Working"), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1988 James McCracken, American operatic tenor (Otello), dies at 61
  • 1999 Darrell Sweet, British hard rock drummer (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), dies of a heart attack at a concert soundcheck at 51
  • 2000 Bernhard Heiden [Levi], German-American composer, dies at 79
  • 2007 Grégory Lemarchal, French pop singer, dies of health complications while waiting for a lung transplant at 23
  • 2007 Zoletta "Zola" Taylor, American pop singer (The Platters, 1954-62 - "The Great Pretender"; "Only You"; "Twilight Time"), dies at 69
  • 2009 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), dies at 80
  • 2014 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • 2015 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer (Stand By Me), dies at 76
  • 2015 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), dies in a house fire at 89
  • 2016 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man; Pete Brown), dies at 69
  • 2020 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2021 Anthony Payne, British composer (Phoenix Mass; Visions and Journeys), critic, and musicologist, dies at 84