On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 27

  • 1521 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies
  • 1572 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1611 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1746 Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, composer, dies
  • 1841 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1846 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • 1846 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1855 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, Portuguese composer, dies at 36
  • 1865 Józef Nowakowski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1868 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, dies at 82
  • 1883 August Friedrich Pott, composer, dies at 76
  • 1887 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Carl Fuchs, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1948 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • 1948 Oscar Lorenzo Fernández, Brazilian conductor and composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • 1953 Nicolai Berezowsky, Russian-American composer, dies at 53

  • 1962 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1964 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1965 Otto Reinhold, German composer, dies at 66

Person of interestBrian Epstein

1967 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 32

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • 1976 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1979 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1981 Joan Edwards, american singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1991 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • 1994 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies
  • 1995 Marty Paich, American jazz pianist, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), dies of colon cancer at 70
  • 2005 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), dies at 92
  • 2006 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2014 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), dies of natural causes at 92
  • 2014 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), dies at 90