On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 28

  • 1768 John Wainwright, English composer and organist, dies at 44
  • 1813 Ján Josef Rösler, Czech composer, dies at 41
  • 1817 Friedrich Ludwig Æmilius Kunzen, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1869 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1873 Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, dies at 57
  • 1896 Joseph Barnby, composer, dies at 57
  • 1898 Alexandru Flechtenmacher, composer, dies at 74
  • 1903 Augusta Holmes, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1903 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), dies at 54
  • 1910 Jose Garcia Robles, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1932 Franz Xavier Arens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1935 Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and musician (Armenian Rhapsody), dies at 75
  • 1942 Pablo Luna, Spanish composer (De España vengo), dies at 61
  • 1947 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French singer, composer, conductor, and music critic, dies at 72
  • 1949 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85

  • 1960 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • 1965 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • 1976 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • 1983 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise"), and actor (That'll Be The Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • 1983 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • 2004 Melvyn "Mel" Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2004 Trevor James Hold, British composer, writer, and musicologist (John Clare Songbook), dies at 64 [1]
  • 2005 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • 2007 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • 2009 Arthur Jenkins, Jr., American jazz and pop session and touring keyboardist, composer, and arranger (Johnny Nash; Harry Belafonte; John Lennon; Roberta Flack), dies at 72
  • 2015 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • 2016 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • 2017 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), dies from lung cancer at 72