Deaths in Music on May 1

  • 1679 Esaias Reusner, German lutenist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1731 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1874 Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39
  • 1886 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • 1903 Luigi Arditi, violist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1904 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing), dies at 62
  • 1921 Louis Campbell-Tipton, US composer, dies at 43
  • 1934 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35
  • 1937 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • 1945 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1946 Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, composer, dies at 71
  • 1946 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • 1965 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 1978 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • 1984 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1986 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1996 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • 2006 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • 2006 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • 2010 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65