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Deaths in Music on April 8

  • 1736 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer, dies at 63
  • 1759 Francois de La Croix, composer, dies at 76
  • 1844 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1851 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • 1863 Joseph Netherclift, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1865 John Park, composer, dies at 61
  • 1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1871 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • 1897 George Garrett, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1920 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), dies of influenza at 35
  • 1937 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • 1942 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1950 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1969 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1985 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1986 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • 1991 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1993 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • 1996 Charles Donald Adams, singer, dies at 67
  • 1997 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • 2005 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85

Person of interestMalcolm McLaren

2010 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician, dies of cancer at 64

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • 2010 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • 2013 Annette Funicello, American singer and actress (Mickey Mouse Club), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • 2013 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song, The Violet Seller), dies at 85