On This Day

Musicians Who Died on April 8

  • 1736 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer, dies at 63
  • 1759 Francois de La Croix, French 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, Scottish composer, dies at 61
  • 1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist and 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, American organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • 1937 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83
  • 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 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), dies at 87
  • 1986 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • 1991 Dead [Pelle Ohlin], Swedish heavy metal singer (Mayhem), commits suicide at 22
  • 1992 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, dies at 73

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, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1996 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1997 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • 2006 (Heinz) "Henry" Lewy, German-American sound engineer and record producer (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Bishop, Judee Sill, The Monkees), dies at 79
  • 2009 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 (Sex Pistols; Bow Wow Wow), and musician, dies of cancer at 64

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • 2010 Dorothea "Teddy" Scholten, Dutch pop singer ("Een beetje" - "A Little Bit"), dies at 83
  • 2013 Annette Funicello, American actress (Mickey Mouse Club; Beach Blanket Bingo), and singer ("Tall Paul"). dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • 2013 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song; The Violet Seller), dies at 85