On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 29

  • 1697 Nikolaus Bruhns, composer, dies
  • 1788 Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • 1802 Frederic Thieme, composer, dies at 51
  • 1803 Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch composer (b. 1733)
  • 1880 Jacob Axel Josephson, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • 1888 Charles-Valentin Alkan, French pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1911 Alexandre Guilmant, French organist (La Trinitié, 1871-901), composer and pedagogue (Schola Cantorum, 1894-1911), dies at 74
  • 1917 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer, dies at 76
  • 1924 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist, conductor, composer, and music teacher (Royal College of Music, 1882-1924), dies at 71
  • 1933 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, dies at 52
  • 1937 Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer (Symphony No. 3 - Song Of The Night), dies of tuberculosis at 54
  • 1953 Arthur Fields [Abraham Finkelstein], American singer-songwriter (Aba Daba Honeymoon) dies in a fire at his nursing home residence at 68 [1]
  • 1959 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • 1980 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • 1982 Carl Orff, German composer (Mouth, Antigonae), dies at 86

  • 1982 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan; Jackie Gleason), dies at 79
  • 1982 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, dies at 65
  • 1982 "Fatty" George [Pressler], Austrian swing jazz clarinettist, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1985 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun and singer-songwriter, The Singing Nun, commits suicide at 51
  • 1995 Jimmy McShane, Irish singer (Baltimora - "Tarzan Boy"), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1999 Joe Williams [Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I Have The Blues), dies of natural causes at 80
  • 2001 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • 2006 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, dies at 95
  • 2009 Maurice Jarre, French Academy and Grammy Award-winning film composer (Lawrence Of Arabia; Doctor Zhivago; Witness; Fatal Attraction), dies at 84
  • 2009 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • 2014 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention; Rhinoceros), dies of complications from diabetes at 71
  • 2020 Joe Diffie, American country singer and guitarist (Home), dies of COVID-19 complications at 61
  • 2020 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), dies from Covid-19 complications at 69
  • 2020 Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"), dies at 86