On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 29

  • 1902 Iosif Ivanovici, composer, dies
  • 1915 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, dies at 95
  • 1915 Rudi Stephan, German composer (Die ersten Menschen), dies fighting in World War I at 28
  • 1958 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (Lemminkäinen; Juha; Schott Concerto), dies at 65
  • 1977 Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Zapata Jaw [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • 1992 Paul Jabara, singer/actor (Last Dance), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994 Cheb Hasni, Algerian singer, murdered at 26
  • 1994 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, dies at 68
  • 1995 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, dies at 91
  • 1997 Bobby [Robert Arthur Thornbury] Campbell, Scottish journalist and musician, dies at 55
  • 1997 Sven-Eric Emanuel Johanson, Swedish composer, dies at 77
  • 2006 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • 2011 Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"; solo - "Pillow Talk"), record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records), dies of congestive heart failure at 76
  • 2015 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2018 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies from complications from an earlier stroke at 83
  • 2018 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey) dies at 52
  • 2020 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), dies at 78 [1]
  • 2020 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • 2020 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53