Musicians Who Died on January 27

  • 1625 Adriaen Valerius, Dutch composer ("Wilt Heden Nu Treden" - "We Gather Together"). and poet (Nederlandtsche gedenck-clanck), dies at about 49
  • 1629 Hieronymus Praetorius, German organist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1731 Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker - considered the inventor of the piano, dies at 75
  • 1802 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, German lieder and ballad composer, and conductor, dies at 42
  • 1850 Philipp Roth, composer, dies at 70
  • 1851 Karl Moser, German composer, dies at 77

Giuseppe Verdi

1901 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (Rigoletto, La Traviata), dies at 77

  • 1904 Adam Minchejmer, composer, dies at 73
  • 1930 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • 1941 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), dies at 90
  • 1945 Gideon Klein, Moravian pianist and composer, dies in a Nazi labor camp at 26 (date approximate)
  • 1949 Boris Asafiev, Russian composer and music critic, dies at 64
  • 1954 Paul-Marie Masson, French musicologist (L’Opéra de Rameau), and composer, dies at 71
  • 1956 Erich Kleiber, Austrian-Argentine conductor (Teatro Colón, 1937-49; NBC Symphony, 1947-48), dies at 65
  • 1964 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • 1965 Theo Uden Masman, Dutch big band orchestra leader (The Ramblers), dies at 63
  • 1969 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, dies at 67

Mahalia Jackson

1972 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

  • 1978 Marguerite Canal, French conductor and composer (1st woman in France to conduct an orchestra), dies at 87
  • 1989 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • 1994 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, dies at 72
  • 1994 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter ("What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"), dies from cancer at 86
  • 1995 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
  • 1997 Gerald Marks, American songwriter ("All of Me"), dies at 96
  • 2000 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), dies at 69
  • 2001 André Prévost, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • 2001 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Gene McFadden, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"), dies of lung cancer at 56 [1]
  • 2006 Jan Frank Fischer, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • 2006 Roger Durham Hannay, American composer and teacher, dies at 75
  • 2014 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Goodnight Irene") and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
  • 2017 Benny Barth, American session and touring jazz drummer, dies at 86
  • 2020 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, dies at 78
  • 2022 Diego Verdaguer [Miguel Boccadoro], Argentine-Mexican singer-songwriter, bandoneón player, and trumpeter ("Volveré"; "Voy a Conquistarte"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 70