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Deaths in Music on April 6

  • 1779 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Italian opera composer (Farnace), dies at 52
  • 1782 Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, composer, dies at 90
  • 1805 Lorenz Justinian Ott, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1817 Bonaventura Furlanetto, Italian composer, dies at 78
  • 1822 František Xaver Partsch, Czech composer, dies at 62
  • 1913 Jose Marraco y Ferrer, composer, dies on 78th birthday
  • 1919 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 63
  • 1931 Giuseppi Radiciotti, composer, dies at 73
  • 1940 Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, dies at 49
  • 1947 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, dies at 58
  • 1951 Halfdan Cleve, Norwegian composer, dies at 71

Person of interestIgor Stravinsky

1971 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), dies of pneumonia at 88

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • 1978 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • 1979 Milton Ager, American composer, dies at 85
  • 1984 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), dies at 81
  • 1984 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41

  • 1985 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • 1994 Dick Cary, American jazz musician, dies at 77
  • 1996 Nadieh [Karin Meis], Dutch singer, guitarist and composer (Haifa Blue) dies from a pulmonary embolism and breast cancer at 37

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1998 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand By Your Man"), dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1998 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • 1999 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues; Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • 2001 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • 2003 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian percussionist (Drums of Passion), educator, and social activist, dies at 75
  • 2004 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2006 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 2014 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist (Pandora's Box), dies at 87
  • 2015 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Gong Show), dies at 96
  • 2015 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, dies at 91

Person of interestMerle Haggard

2016 Merle Haggard, American country music singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • 2016 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie), dies of cancer at 66