On This Day

Deaths in Music on September 18

  • 1831 Peter Hansel, composer, dies at 60
  • 1857 Karol Kurpiński, Polish composer and conductor (Pygmalion), dies at 72
  • 1903 Isidor Vorobchievici, composer, dies at 67
  • 1903 Theodore Furchtegott Kirchner, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1918 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer, 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, 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
  • 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