Deaths in Music on May 27

  • 1638 Nicolas Formé, French composer, dies at 71
  • 1652 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, dies at 39
  • 1690 Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1708 Jacques Danican Philidor, French composer, dies at 51
  • 1840 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), dies at 57
  • 1878 Carlo Marsili, composer, dies at 49
  • 1968 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1983 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67
  • 1988 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • 1991 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1992 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1994 Robert Chudnick [Red Rodney], American jazz trumpeter, dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1995 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ulysses Simpson Kay, US composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2003 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • 2011 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whities on the Moon), dies at 62
  • 2017 Gregg Allman, American musician and songwriter (Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2018 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff, Call Me Madam, Dorothy), dies at 98