On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 16

  • 1653 Johannes Schultz, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1803 Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 1823 Johann Gottfried Schict, 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, composer, dies at 58
  • 1910 Albert Heinrich Zabel, composer, dies at 75
  • 1915 Emil Waldteufel [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies
  • 1928 Eddie Foy Sr. [Edwin Fitzgerald], Irish-American actor, singer and dancer (A Favorite Fool), dies at 71
  • 1944 Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
  • 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
  • 1957 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, dies of pneumonia at 81
  • 1963 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethno-musicologist and conductor, dies at 70
  • 1968 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 87
  • 1975 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • 1987 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
  • 1999 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, dies at 90
  • 1999 Betty Roché [Mary Elizabeth Roach], American jazz singer (Duke Ellington - "Take The 'A' Train"), die at 81
  • 2002 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • 2004 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67

Person of interestTony Sheridan

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

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 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 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