Musicians Who Died on March 28

  • 1563 Heinrich Glarean, Swiss music theorist (b. 1488)
  • 1818 Antonio Capuzzi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1847 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • 1856 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer, dies at 76
  • 1860 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer, dies at 73
  • 1877 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1880 Achille Peri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1881 Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Russian composer (Boris Godunov), dies at 42 [OS=Mar 16]
  • 1885 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Pavel Ivanovich Blaramberg, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1910 Édouard Colonne, French violinist and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1914 Hanus Trnecek, composer, dies at 55
  • 1918 Johann Christoph Lauterbach, German violinist and concert master, dies at 87
  • 1927 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1928 Giuseppe Ferrata, composer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian-American piano virtuoso, conductor, and composer (Aleko; Piano Concerto No. 3), dies at 69
  • 1947 Rudolph Simonsen, Danish composer (Olympic Arts bronze, 1928 - Symphony No. 2 (Hellas)), and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1916-47), dies at 57
  • 1949 Grigoras Dinicu, Romanian violin virtuoso and composer, dies at 59

W. C. HandyW. C. Handy (1873-1958)

American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

  • 1963 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • 1971 Felix Wolfes, German-American conductor, educator (New England Conservatory, 1948-68), and composer, dies at 78
  • 1974 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1974 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, dies in a car accident at 32
  • 1974 Dorothy Fields, American singer (The Way You Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • 1975 Renzo Massarani, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1980 John Poulos, American drummer (The Buckinghams - "Kind Of A Drag"), dies of heart failure at 32
  • 1980 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (State Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • 1984 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1987 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer who inspired the "Sound of Music" (Trapp Family Singers), dies of heart failure at 82
  • 1992 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • 1999 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)
  • 2001 Moe Koffman, Canadian jazz saxophonist and flautist (Cool and Hot Sax), dies at 72
  • 2001 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer and pedagogue, (The Serdar), dies at 74
  • 2003 (Farrell) "Rusty" Draper, American country and pop singer ("The Shifting, Whispering Sands"; "Are You Satisfied?"), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • 2005 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), dies at 85
  • 2012 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2013 Hugh McCracken, American session guitarist (Aretha Franklin; Paul McCartney; Steely Dan; Billy Joel; John Lennon), dies of luekemia at 70
  • 2015 Douglas Leedy, American composer, dies at 77
  • 2020 Jan Howard [Lula Grace Johnson], American country music singer and songwriter (For Loving You), dies at 91
  • 2021 Malcolm Cecil, British jazz bassist, record producer, audio engineer and electronic musician (Ronnie Scott; Blues Incorporated; TONTO's Expanding Head Band), dies at 84