Musicians Who Died on February 1

  • 1743 Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1795 Giacomo Insanguine, Italian organist & composer, dies at 66
  • 1818 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1824 Maria Theresia von Paradis, Austrian musician & composer, dies at 64
  • 1871 Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, Russian composer, dies at 51
  • 1875 William Sterndale Bennett, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1877 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, French harpist, dies at 71
  • 1889 Joseph Gungl, Austro-Hungarian bandmaster and composer of dances and marches, dies at 78
  • 1902 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist & composer, dies at 70
  • 1916 Anton Simon, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • 1929 August Halm, German composer, dies at 59
  • 1944 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, dies at 72
  • 1949 Herbert Stothart, American theater (Rose-Marie) and film score composer (The Wizard of Oz; Mutiny on the Bounty; A Night at the Opera), dies at 63
  • 1970 Blaz Arnic, Slovenian composer, dies at 69
  • 1981 Ernst Pepping, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1981 Nils Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer, dies at 72
  • 1986 Dick James [Leon Vapnick], British dance band vocalist and Beatles' music publisher (Northern Songs), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1994 John Littlejohn [Funchess], American electric blues slide guitarist ("So-Called Friends"), dies of renal failure at 62
  • 1997 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress & dancer (Holiday Inn; Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity, dies at 56
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class; Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2003 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban Latin jazz percussionist and band leader, dies at 85
  • 2003 Nancy Whiskey [Anne Wilson], Scottish folk singer and guitarist ("Freight Train"), dies at 67
  • 2004 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 97
  • 2005 Franco Mannino, Italian pianist, conductor, classical concert, opera, and film score composer (Death in Venice; Il diavolo in giardino), dies at 80
  • 2007 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian pianist, librettist, and composer (Amahl & Night Visitors), and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 95
  • 2007 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer, dies at 70
  • 2007 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic, dies of cancer at 80
  • 2009 Frankie Ervin, American R&B singer (The Three Blazers -"Dragnet Blues"; The Shields -"You Cheated"), dies at 82
  • 2009 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), dies at 86
  • 2012 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, dies at 74
  • 2013 Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe, Norwegian musicologist, educator, and composer, dies at 86
  • 2017 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • 2018 Alan Stout, American composer, dies at 85
  • 2018 Dennis Edwards, American pop and soul singer (The Temptations - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"), dies following a stroke at 74
  • 2020 Andy Gill, British guitarist and record producer (Gang of Four - "Damaged Goods"), dies from multiple organ failure and pneumonia at 64
  • 2020 Peter Serkin, American concert pianist (TASHI quartet), and pedagogue (Juilliard; Curtis Institute; Yale; Bard College), dies from pancreatic cancer at 72