On This Day

Musicians Who Died on May 29

  • 1680 Abraham Megerle, Austrian organist, composer, and Kapellmeister, dies at 73
  • 1750 Giuseppe Porsile, Neapolitan composer, dies at 70
  • 1833 William Marshall, Scottish fiddle composer (strathspeys The Marchioness of Huntly), dies at 84
  • 1862 Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, Polish composer, conductor and pedagogue, dies at 71
  • 1899 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1905 Leon Francis Victor Caron, French Australian composer, dies at 55
  • 1910 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej; Tamara), dies at 73
  • 1935 Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1943 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, dies at 72
  • 1951 Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer, dies at 66
  • 1951 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Czech organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1951 Robert Kahn, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1956 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • 1957 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • 1961 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer (Psalmus; Kalevala Suite), dies of a heart attack while sailing at 60
  • 1967 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican composer, dies at 69

  • 1971 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • 1972 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), dies at 104
  • 1973 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1973 Voltaire "Volly" De Faut; American jazz reed player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Jean Goldkette), dies at 69
  • 1977 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • 1987 Phyllis Tate, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1989 John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm lung disease at 45
  • 1992 Peter "Ollie" Halsall, British rock guitarist and vibraphone player (Patto; The Rutles; Kevin Ayers), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1994 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • 1996 Tamara Toumanova, Georgian-American prima ballerina, dies at 77
  • 1997 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ("Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • 2005 George Rochberg, American composer (Concord Quartet), dies at 86
  • 2005 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby; Forbidden Fruit), dies at 78
  • 2012 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • 2012 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • 2013 Marvin Junior, American singer (The Dells - Oh What a Nite), dies at 77
  • 2014 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), dies at 91
  • 2015 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2018 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2021 B.J. Thomas, American singer ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head"; "Hooked On A Feeling"; "Growing Pains Theme"), dies of lung cancer at 78