On This Day

Musicians Who Died 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, Italian composer, dies at 49
  • 1962 Egon Petri, Dutch classical pianist, dies at 81
  • 1983 (Arnoldus) Arnold van Wyk, South African concert pianist and composer (Nagmusiek - Night Music), dies at 67
  • 1985 (Clifton) "Skeeter" Best, American jazz guitarist (Erskine Hawkins; Earl Hines; Oscar Pettiford; Ray Charles; Milt Jackson), dies at 70
  • 1991 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (International Bruckner Society; Mozart's Requiem), and educator (Vienna University, 1932-73), dies at 86
  • 1994 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), dies from lung cancer at 66
  • 1995 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer (Of New Horizons: Overture), dies at 78
  • 1995 László Kalmár, Hungarian composer (Triangles), dies at 63
  • 1996 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Ivan Sutton, British classical music concert promoter (City Music Society), dies at 82
  • 1998 Ghazar Saryan, Armenian composer (Symphonic Panels on motifs by Saryan; Day of Peace), and educator (Komitas State Conservatory, 1960-86), dies at 77
  • 2003 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), dies at 77
  • 2004 Denis ApIvor, British composer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • 2007 Izumi Sakai, Japanese pop singer (Zard - "Makenaide (Please Don't Lose)"), dies from head injuries after a fall, while undergoing cancer treatments at 40
  • 2007 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer (Silk Stockings), and animal rights activist, dies at 75
  • 2011 Jeff Conaway, American actor and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 60
  • 2011 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer ("Whitey on the Moon"), dies at 62
  • 2017 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2018 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff,;Call Me Madam; Dorothy), dies at 98
  • 2021 William Jay Sydeman, American avant-garde composer, dies at 93