On This Day

Deaths in Music on March 4

  • 1617 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1804 Karl Leopold Rollig, composer, dies
  • 1831 Georg Michael Telemann, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1839 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1851 Michael Henkel, German composer and organist, dies at 70
  • 1876 Alfred Holmes, English violinist and composer, dies at 38
  • 1918 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, dies at 58
  • 1925 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, dies at 70
  • 1933 Willie Walker, US jazz singer and guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
  • 1936 Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer, dies at 64
  • 1941 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • 1942 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • 1954 Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), dies at 79
  • 1954 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's been polishing the Sun), dies at 55
  • 1960 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60), dies on stage at 48
  • 1966 Janis Medins, Latvian composer, dies at 75

  • 1968 Alexandre Eugène Cellier, French organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1984 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1986 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • 1986 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 1987 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 83

Person of interestTiny Grimes

1989 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • 1992 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • 1993 Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
  • 1995 Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (Nature Boy), dies at 86
  • 2001 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • 2002 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • 2004 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • 2005 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
  • 2007 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 2009 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Lolly Vegas, American singer (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • 2011 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • 2013 Fran Warren, American singer, dies at 87

Person of interestKeith Flint

2019 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), found dead after committing suicide at 49

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint