On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 5

  • 1617 Alonso Lobo, Spanish composer (Versa est in luctum), dies at 62
  • 1732 Johann Christian Schieferdecker, German composer, dies at 52
  • 1871 Georg Andreas Henkel, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1878 Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1896 John Rogers Thomas, Welsh-American baritone and composer of popular, classical, and sacred music, dies at 66
  • 1908 Gaetano Coronaro, Italian conductor, pedagogue, and composer (La Creola), dies at 55
  • 1921 Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • 1934 Salvatore Di Giacomo, Italian poet and songwriter during "Golden Age of Neapolitan Song", dies at 74
  • 1935 Emil Młynarski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 64
  • 1944 Willy Derby [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • 1946 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), dies at 47
  • 1954 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • 1963 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • 1970 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, Dutch oboist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), dies at 78
  • 1971 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60
  • 1981 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1983 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), dies at 79
  • 1992 Anthony "Tony" Papa, big band leader, dies at 65
  • 1994 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

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1994 Kurt Cobain, American grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide at 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun

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  • 1998 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), dies in a car crash at 50
  • 2002 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains - Dirt), dies at 34
  • 2006 Gene Pitney, American vocalist and songwriter ("Town Without Pity"; "Hello Mary Lou"; "He's A Rebel"), dies at 65
  • 2007 Mark St. John [Norton], American rock guitarist (KISS, April- November, 1984), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 51
  • 2012 Jim Marshall, British business man and electric guitar amplifier pioneer known as "The Father of Loud", dies at 88
  • 2015 Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer (Solo a Solo; Cantata manriqueña), dies at 80
  • 2016 Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist ("It's Got To Be Mellow"; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), dies at 74
  • 2017 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), dies at 77
  • 2018 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89