On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 4

  • 1662 Davis Mell, composer, dies at 57
  • 1806 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer, dies at 84
  • 1908 Josef Sucher, Hungarian composer and conductor (Aus alten Märchen), dies at 64
  • 1931 George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
  • 1934 Braulio Dueno Colon, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 80
  • 1943 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • 1943 Hartzell "Tiny" Parham, American jazz pianist, theater organist, and bandleader, dies at 43
  • 1944 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • 1967 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • 1967 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • 1972 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • 1977 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • 1978 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1980 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • 1982 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 50
  • 1992 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • 1992 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1992 Rodolfo Holzmann, Peruvian composer, dies at 81
  • 1993 Bep [Alberta B] Ogterop [Rita la Roche], singer, dies
  • 1994 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 1996 Joy Newton, dancer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Larry Laprise, songwriter, dies at 83
  • 1996 Paul Cooper, American composer, dies at 69
  • 1999 Aldus Roger, American Cajun accordionist (Lafayette Playboys - "Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés"), dies at 84
  • 2011 Scott Columbus, American drummer (Manowar) (b. 1956)
  • 2016 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78