Musicians Who Died on June 27

  • 1679 Pablo Bruna, Spanish blind composer, dies at 68
  • 1729 Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, French harpsichordist, organist, singer, and composer (Les pièces de clavessin; Céphale et Procris), dies at 74
  • 1814 Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1829 Louis-Sébastien Lebrun, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisla, French army officer, and composer ("La Marseillaise" -the French national anthem), dies at 72
  • 1889 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies at 48
  • 1889 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1920 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist ("O Canada"), dies at 81
  • 1934 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, dies in air crash at 56
  • 1944 Werner Wehrli, Swiss composer, pedagogue, and conductor, dies at 52
  • 1948 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • 1954 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 83
  • 1964 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
  • 1969 Richard Vance Maxfield, American instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic music composer, dies at 42
  • 1974 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • 1980 Albany "Barney" Bigard, Creole-American jazz clarinetist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-42 - "Mood Indigo"), dies at 74
  • 1986 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1986 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • 1992 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races; Showboat), dies at 84
  • 1992 Stefanie Ann Sargent, American guitarist (7 Year Bitch), dies of alcohol and heroin overdose at 24
  • 1995 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symphony, 1948-54), dies at 94
  • 1995 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1999 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57
  • 1999 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Rudy Cafaro, American jazz guitarist, dies at 80
  • 2002 John Entwistle, English rock bassist (The Who - "Boris The Spider"), dies in his sleep of a cocaine fueled heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room at 57
  • 2002 Russ Freeman, American classically trained bebop and cool jazz pianist and composer (Art Pepper; Charlie Parker; Chet Baker; Clifford Brown; Shelly Manne), dies at 76
  • 2005 Frank Harte, traditional Irish singer and song collector
  • 2008 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 83
  • 2009 Fayette Pinkney, American pop and disco singer (The Three Degrees, 1963-76 - "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"; "When Will I See You Again?"), and psychologist, dies of acute respiratory failure at 61
  • 2009 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show), dies at 87
  • 2013 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, dies at 73
  • 2014 Bobby Womack, American R&B singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer ("It's All Over Now"; "Woman's Got to Have It"; "Across 110th Street"), dies at 70
  • 2015 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • 2015 Denis Vigay, British cellist (BBC Symphony; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), dies at 89
  • 2016 Harry Halbreich, German-Belgian musicologist (Arthur Honegger, Bohuslav Martinů), dies at 85
  • 2016 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter ("Mustang Sally"; "Respect Yourself"), dies at 82
  • 2017 Geri Allen, American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, dies of cancer at 60 [1]
  • 2020 (Jesse) "Pete" Carr, American session guitarist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), dies at 70
  • 2020 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at 88 [1]
  • 2020 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94
  • 2021 Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill, Cuban Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz composer, arranger, and conductor, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 2022 Eileen Barton, American singer (Broadway Open House; "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"), dies of ovarian cancer at 81