Deaths in Music on October 4

  • 1713 Valentin Molitor, composer, dies at 76
  • 1838 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1848 Louis Massonneau, composer, dies at 82
  • 1907 Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, dies at 57
  • 1915 George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl), dies at 59
  • 1935 Marie Gutheil-Schoder, German soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1949 Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, dies at 75
  • 1962 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 79
  • 1969 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
  • 1970 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJanis Joplin

1970 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1979 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • 1982 Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (sued Steinway Piano), dies at 50
  • 1982 Glenn H Gould, Canadian pianist, dies at 50
  • 1992 Laurie Anders, singer, dies of cancer
  • 1994 Bill Challis, arranger/Pianist, dies at 90
  • 1994 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), commits suicide at 48
  • 1999 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • 1999 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2005 Michael "Mike" Gibbins, Welsh musician (Badfinger), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • 2009 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • 2010 Sir Norman Wisdom, English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1915)
  • 2014 Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76