On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 28

  • 1650 Gilles Hayne, Flemish composer, dies at 59
  • 1787 Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and father of Wolfgang, dies at 67
  • 1791 Joseph Schmitt, German Dutch composer, dies at 57
  • 1805 Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer (Minuet), dies at 62
  • 1833 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, German-Swedish organist, composer, conductor, choirmaster, and educator (Studentsång), dies at 74
  • 1836 Anton Reicha, Czech-French composer, and pedagogue, dies at 66
  • 1838 Thomas Busby, English composer, dies at 82
  • 1883 August Freyer, Polish musician and composer, dies at 79
  • 1890 Viktor Nessler, Alsatian composer, dies at 49
  • 1914 Adolf Sonnenfeld, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1922 Carl Teike, German military composer, dies at 58
  • 1940 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1952 Joseph Lauber, Swiss concert pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1954 Achille Longo, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1958 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, dies at 77
  • 1962 Jesse Crawford, American pianist, theatre organist for silent films, and recording artist, dies at 66
  • 1963 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • 1964 John Finley Williamson, American choral conductor (Westminster Choir College, 1920-58), dies at 76
  • 1973 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • 1977 Jiří Reinberger, Czech organist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1979 William Edmonson, American bass harmony and gospel vocalist (Southernaires), radio, stage and screen actor (Thirty Years Later), dies at 76
  • 1981 Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), dies at 71
  • 1988 (Melvin) "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Jimmie Lunceford; Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!") dies at 77 [1]
  • 1990 Julius Eastman, American pianist, vocalist, and minimalist composer (The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc; Gay Guerrilla), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • 1993 Charles "Doctor" Ross, American blues singer and guitarist (Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss), dies at 67
  • 1995 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, dies at 60
  • 1996 Jimmy Rowles [Hunter], American jazz pianist and composer (The Peacocks), dies of cardiac arrest at 77
  • 2002 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • 2003 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher, dies at 86
  • 2008 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • 2014 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • 2014 David Nadien, American concert and session violin virtuoso, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • 2015 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), dies at 66
  • 2017 Elisabeth Chojnacka, Polish harpsichordist, with works dedicated to her by over 80 composers, dies at 79
  • 2018 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93
  • 2020 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90