Musicians Who Died on September 18

  • 1831 Peter Hansel, German Austrian composer and violinist, dies at 60
  • 1857 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), dies at 72
  • 1903 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1918 Ernest Farrar, English composer and musician, dies at 33
  • 1929 Hermann Gradener, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1945 "Blind" Willie Johnson, American gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), dies of malarial fever, syphilis and blindness at 48
  • 1966 Fernand Lamy, French composer, dies at 85
  • 1966 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • 1969 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, Hungarian German composer, dies at 66

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (1942-1970)

American rock guitarist ("Purple Haze"; "voodoo Chile"; The Wind Cries Mary"), dies from asphyxiation at 27

  • 1991 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1992 Earl Van Dyke, American jazz and session piano, Hammond B-3, and harpsichord player (Motown Records' Funk Brothers, 1964-72), dies of prostate cancer at 62
  • 1996 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), dies at 87
  • 1997 James "Jimmy" Witherspoon, American jump blues singer (Ain't Nobody's Business), dies at 77
  • 2007 Pepsi Tate [Huw Smith], Welsh glam-rock bassist (Tigertailz), dies of pancreatic cancer at 42
  • 2011 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98
  • 2013 Lindsay Cooper, British bassoonist, oboe player, and composer (Henry Cow; News From Babel; Feminist Improvising Group), dies from complications of multiple sclerosis at 62
  • 2013 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), dies at 93