Deaths in Music on February 17

  • 1652 Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer/composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
  • 1654 Michael Lohr, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1732 Louis Marchand, composer, dies at 63
  • 1815 Franz Gotz, Bohemian composer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Ferdinando Carulli, composer, dies at 70
  • 1856 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, dies at 81
  • 1883 NapolĂ©on Coste, French guitarist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1901 Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, composer, dies at 38
  • 1903 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, dies at 61
  • 1924 Oskar Merikanto, composer, dies at 55
  • 1933 Henri Viotta, Dutch conductor and composer (Handbook of Music), dies at 84
  • 1939 Willy Hess, German violinist, dies at 79
  • 1943 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1951 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 94
  • 1955 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • 1962 Bruno Walter, symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1970 Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69
  • 1972 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
  • 1980 Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 1982 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1995 Jan Bart Klaster, music editor (The Slogan), dies at 50
  • 1995 Uta Graf, singer/teacher, dies at 80
  • 1996 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • 1998 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican musician (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • 2007 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), dies of natural causes at 88
  • 2013 Mindy McCready, American country singer, commits suicide by gunshot at 37
  • 2014 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • 2017 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73