On This Day

Musicians Who Died on July 27

  • 1720 Johann Samuel Welter, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1777 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1783 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, dies at 62
  • 1881 Johann Christian Lobe, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1883 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1924 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 58
  • 1939 Alexandre Stellio [Fructueux], Martinican biguine clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 54
  • 1944 Victor Vreuls, Belgian violinist, teacher, and composer, dies at 68
  • 1948 Francesco Spetrino, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 91
  • 1952 W de Basil [US Voskresenski], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • 1961 Theodore Chanler, American composer, dies at 59
  • 1971 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor, composer, and musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1974 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Nothing But The Devil"; "Bad Luck And Trouble"), dies of stomach cancer at 61
  • 1978 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch cellist, composer, and conductor (Residentie Orkest, 1949-73; Melbourne Symphony, 1967-70; Sydney Symphony, 1971-77), dies in a car crash at 70
  • 1981 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • 1986 Leroy Holmes, American orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • 1990 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1994 Tatiana Tauer, Russian classical harpist, dies of cancer at 48
  • 1995 Doris Mae Akers, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - "Sweet, Sweet Spirit"), dies at 72
  • 1995 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American classical and film music composer (Spellbound; A Double Life; Ben-Hur), dies at 88
  • 1999 Harry "Sweets" Edison, American jazz and session trumpet player, dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • 2001 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • 2003 Artie Anton, American jazz drummer, conguero, and timbalero (Stan Kenton, Jimmy Guiffre), dies at 79
  • 2008 Horst Stein, German conductor (Hamburg State Opera, 1963-77), dies at 80
  • 2009 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2012 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • 2020 Denise Johnson, British rock and soul singer (Primal Scream - "Don’t Fight It, Feel It"), and songwriter ("Where Does It Go"), dies at 56
  • 2021 Saginaw Grant, Native American character actor, hereditary chief of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma, musician, and U.S. Marine, dies at 85
  • 2021 Willie Winfield, American doo-woop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"; “A Sunday Kind of Love”), dies of a heart attack at 91