On This Day

Musicians Who Died on March 30

  • 1764 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1864 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, dies 52
  • 1875 Marie Moke Pleyel, Belgian composer, dies at 63
  • 1884 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1935 Romanos Melik'yan, Armenian composer, dies at 51
  • 1936 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40
  • 1945 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1953 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • 1960 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich; Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1962 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, dies at 55
  • 1963 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69
  • 1964 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • 1976 Reuben "Rube" Bloom, American pianist, arranger, band leader (The Bayou Boys), songwriter ("Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"; "Give Me the Simple Life"), dies at 73
  • 1977 Abdel Halim Hafez [Shabana], Egyptian singer and actor, dies of liver failure due to schistosomiasis (parasitic flatworm infection) at 47
  • 1977 Levko Revutsky, Ukrainian composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1978 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • 1994 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1995 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (Janis Joplin - Pearl), dies at 59
  • 1995 Rozelle Claxton, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 82
  • 2000 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • 2004 (Rosemary) "Timi" Yuro, American singer ("Hurt"), dies at 63
  • 2005 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Derrick Plourde, American punk rock drummer, takes his own life at 33
  • 2010 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), dies of melanoma at 88
  • 2013 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], American 14-time Grammy Award-winning music producer (Burt Bacharach; Paul Simon; Billy Joel; Tony Bennett), and studio owner (co-founded A&R Recording), dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2016 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • 2016 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • 2016 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, dies at 95
  • 2017 Rosalie “Rosie” Hamlin, American singer-songwriter (Rosie and The Originals – “Angel Baby”), dies at 71

Bill Withers

2020 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician ("Ain't No Sunshine"; "Lean on Me"; "Just The Two Of Us"), dies of heart complications at 81