Musicians Who Died on March 31

  • 1703 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1876 Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, American singer, known as "The Black Swan", who performed at Buckingham Palace for Queen Victoria, dies at about 57 [birthdate uncertain]
  • 1880 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer (Souv de Moscou), dies at 44
  • 1881 Gaetano Gaspari, composer, dies at 73
  • 1885 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • 1885 Philipp Fahrbach the Elder, Austrian composer, dies at 69
  • 1886 Giovanni Rossi, composer, dies at 57
  • 1892 Adolf Rzepko, Polish composer, dies at 66
  • 1901 John Stainer, English composer (The Crucifixion), dies at 60
  • 1967 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72
  • 1971 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), and teacher, dies at 59
  • 1973 Kurt Thomas, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1986 O'Kelly Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1988 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • 1991 John Carter, American jazz clarinetist (Roots & Folklore), dies at 61
  • 1993 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist, dies at 92
  • 1995 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), dies at 78
  • 1995 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), killed by a fan at 23
  • 1996 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), dies at 37
  • 1997 Arthur Cunningham, American composer, dies at 68
  • 2003 Emmanuel Ghent, Canadian-American electronic music composer (Phosphones), dies at 77
  • 2003 Tommy Seebach, Danish musician and singer (Sir Henry and his Butlers), dies at 53
  • 2006 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • 2011 Mel McDaniel, American country singer ("Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On"), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2014 Frankie Knuckles {Francis Warren Nicholls, Jr.], American DJ and record producer who popularized house music in Chicago during the 1980s, dies of diabetes at 59
  • 2019 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, shot and killed at 33
  • 2020 Cristina [Monet Zilkha], American dance-pop singer songwriter (Sleep It Off), dies at 64
  • 2020 Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, dies of Covid-19 complications at 59 [1]
  • 2020 Zoltán Peskó, Hungarian opera conductor and composer, dies at 83
  • 2021 Jane Manning, British concert and operatic soprano, educator, and promoter of contemporary classical music, dies at 82
  • 2022 Fred Johnson, American doo-wop bass vocalist (The Marcels - "Blue Moon"), dies at 80