Musicians Who Died on August 27

  • 1521 Josquin Des Prez, French composer, dies between 66 and 71 [birthdate uncertain]
  • 1611 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer, singer, organist, and priest, dies at about 53
  • 1746 Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, German-Bohemian organist, and baroque composer, dies at about 89
  • 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, German violinist, composer, and music professor, dies at 76
  • 1887 Wilhelm Volkmar, German 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 Lavín, Chilean composer (Lamentaciones Huiliches), and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1964 Aleksey Semyonovich Zhivotov, Russian composer, dies at 59
  • 1965 Otto Reinhold, German composer, dies at 66

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein (1934-1967)

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

  • 1971 Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 73
  • 1975 Bob Scholl, American doo-wop vocalist (Mello-Kings - "Tonite, Tonite"), dies in a boating accident at 41
  • 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 pop singer on radio (Your Hit Parade) and television (Joan Edwards Show), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1987 Charlie Smalls, American Tony Award-winning composer and songwriter (The Wiz), dies of a burst appendix at 43

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990)

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

  • 1991 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British rock and roll singer (Brand New Cadillac), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1994 Roberto Goyeneche [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies at 68
  • 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), dies of liver failure at 37
  • 2007 Douglas "Doug" Riley [Dr Music], Canadian musician and musical director (Famous People Players), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2009 Virgilio Savona, Italian jazz singer and composer (Quartetto Cetra - "Un bacio a mezzanotte"; "Crapa pelada"), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 89
  • 2014 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), dies at 90
  • 2014 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), dies of natural causes at 92
  • 2015 George Cleve, Austrian-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1968-70; San Jose Symphony, 1972-92; San Francisco Midsummer Mozart Festival, 1974-2015), dies of liver failure at 79