On This Day

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 Isidor Vorobchievici, Romanian composer, dies at 67
  • 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

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

1970 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 1991 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 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 Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • 2011 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98
  • 2013 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), dies at 93