Musicians Who Died on February 16

  • 1653 Johannes Schultz, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1803 Giovanni Punto [Jan Václav Stich], Bohemian horn player and composer, dies at 56
  • 1823 Johann Gottfried Schict, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1825 Georg Gerson, Danish composer, dies at 34
  • 1829 François-Joseph Gossec, Belgian-French composer (Les Pêcheurs; Mirza), dies at 95
  • 1844 Heinrich David Stölzel, German horn player who developed the first valve for brass instruments, dies at 66
  • 1864 Vaclav Jindrich Veit, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • 1910 Albert Heinrich Zabel, German-Russian harpist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1928 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • 1944 Bob Zurke [Boguslaw Zukowski], American jazz pianist, arranger, (Bob Crosby Orchestra), and composer ("Old Tom-Cat On The Keys"), dies of complications of pneumonia aggravated by acute alcohol poisoning at 32
  • 1944 Edmund von Borck, German composer, dies fighting in Italy in WWII at 37
  • 1957 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, (pneumatic shock absorbers), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 1963 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethno-musicologist and conductor, dies at 70
  • 1967 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • 1968 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 87
  • 1975 (Adanelle) "Norman" Treigle, American operatic bass-baritone, dies of an accidental sleeping pill overdose at 47
  • 1987 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire), dies at 82
  • 1988 Charles Delaunay, French writer, magazine publisher (Le Jazz Hot), jazz musiclogist (Hot Discography), record label founder, and music promoter, dies at 77
  • 1996 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1999 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), die at 81
  • 1999 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2002 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • 2004 Doris Troy [Higginsen], American R&B singer and songwriter ("Just One Look"), dies from emphysema at 67

Tony Sheridan

2013 Tony Sheridan, British singer-songwriter and guitarist who collaborated with the pre-fame Beatles ("My Bonnie"), dies at 72

  • 2014 Raymond Louis "Ray" Kennedy, American songwriter ("Sail On, Sailor"), session and touring singer, musician, and record producer, dies at 67
  • 2015 Lesley Gore, American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2016 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, dies at 95
  • 2019 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98