On This Day

Musicians Who Died on August 29

  • 1738 Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, dies at 81
  • 1821 Horace Coignet, composer, dies at 86
  • 1861 Franz Joseph Glæser, Czech-Danish composer, dies at 63
  • 1933 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, composer, dies at 70
  • 1935 Charles Lee Williams, English composer (Gloucester Cathedral), dies at 82
  • 1940 Arthur De Greef, Belgian composer, dies at 77
  • 1946 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, dies at 26
  • 1972 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • 1972 Rene Leibowitz, Polish French composer, dies at 59
  • 1975 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • 1976 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), dies of epileptic seizure at 50
  • 1976 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, dies at 77
  • 1982 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71
  • 1985 Alexander Abramsky, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • 1987 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • 1991 Dixie Dunbar [Charlotte King], American singer and actress, dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1994 Michael Peters, American choreographer and dancer (Dreamgirls, worked with Michael Jackson) dies of complications from AIDS at 46
  • 1996 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, dies at 64
  • 1998 Charlie Feathers, American country music and rockabilly singer-songwriter, and musician ("Can't Hardly Stand It"), dies at from stroke complications at 66
  • 2001 Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, Australian singer (Skyhooks), TV and radio star (b. 1952)
  • 2004 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease) at 62
  • 2005 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills), believed to have drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • 2010 Hans Ulrich Humpert, German composer, dies at 69
  • 2011 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, dies at 96
  • 2017 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • 2017 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), dies of cancer at 38
  • 2017 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), dies at 95
  • 2018 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), dies at 88 [1]