On This Day

Musicians Who Died in February 1969

  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian operatic spinto tenor singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1913-45), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 15 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, dies at 62
  • Feb 17 (Adolphe) Paul Barbarinan American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Red Allen Sextet; Onward Brass Band), dies while playing his snare drum, marching in a Mardi Gras parade at 69
  • Feb 20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, 1918-67). and composer (Feuilles de Printemps), dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73