On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 27

  • 1485 Rudolph Agricola [Roelof Huysman], humanist/organist, dies
  • 1771 Johann Gottlieb Graun, composer, dies
  • 1781 Herman-Francois Delange, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • 1796 Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, composer, dies at 45
  • 1822 Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German pianist, composer and publisher, dies at 55
  • 1833 Ferdinand Franzl, composer, dies at 66
  • 1848 Alexander Egorovich Varlamov, Russian composer, dies at 46
  • 1864 Andreas Randel, Swedish composer, dies at 58
  • 1925 Wilhelm Gericke, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1933 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1940 Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72
  • 1943 Bela Reinitz, composer, dies at 64
  • 1949 Ginette Neveu, French violinist (b. 1919)
  • 1953 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • 1954 Franco Alfano, Italian opera composer (Puccini's Turandot), dies at 78
  • 1955 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66

  • 1969 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • 1976 Deryck Victor Cooke, composer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • 1977 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, dies at 65
  • 1980 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 1986 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), dies at 50
  • 1990 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American bandleader, dies at 90
  • 1991 Andrzej Panufnik, Polish-British composer and conductor (Symphony No. 3 - Sinfonia Sacra), dies at 77
  • 1994 Robert White, guitarist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Belinda Quirey, dance historian and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1996 John Gregory, English ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1999 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), dies at 88
  • 2000 Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 2004 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2012 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, dies at 86
  • 2012 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2013 Lou Reed, American musician, dies from liver disease at 71
  • 2017 Ladislav Kubík, Czech-American composer (Aulos; Subterranean River) and educator (Florida State University, 1990-2017), dies at 71