On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 17

  • 1652 Gregorio Allegri, Italian singer and composer (Miserere), dies at about 67
  • 1654 Michael Lohr, German composer, dies at 62
  • 1732 Louis Marchand, French Baroque musician and composer, dies at 63
  • 1815 Franz Gotz, Bohemian composer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Ferdinando Carulli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1856 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), dies at 58
  • 1856 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, dies at 81
  • 1883 Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1894 Francisco Barbieri Spanish zarzuela opera composer (El Diablo en el poder), dies at 70
  • 1901 Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer (The Rosary; Narcissus), dies of a stroke at 38
  • 1903 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, dies at 61
  • 1924 Oskar Merikanto [Ala-Kanto], Finnish pianist, organist, and 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-American musicologist, dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1962 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 1969 (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
  • 1970 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), dies at 69
  • 1972 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
  • 1980 Jerry Fielding, American jazz musician and composer (Lively Ones, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • 1982 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer (Straight, No Chaser; 'Round Midnight), dies of a stroke at 64
  • 1995 Jan Bart Klaster, music editor (The Slogan), dies at 50
  • 1995 Uta Graf, German born American singer and teacher, dies at 80
  • 1996 Evelyn Laye, English actress and singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • 1996 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, dies at 50
  • 1998 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People, Mambo Italiano), commits suicide at 72
  • 2006 Ray Barretto, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "El Watusi"), dies at 76
  • 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
  • 2012 Michael Davis, American bass guitarist, and songwriter (MC5 -"Kick Out The Jams"), dies of liver failure at 68
  • 2013 Mindy McCready, American country singer, commits suicide by gunshot at 37
  • 2014 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • 2015 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • 2015 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 2018 Beatricce "Beebe" Freitas [nee Botty], American pianist, organist, and voice teacher (Hawaii Opera Theatre), dies at 79
  • 2019 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), dies of a stroke at 86 [1]
  • 2021 Doug Grisby, American soul music bassist, composer and producer (Patti LaBelle; Teena Marie), dies after suffering a stroke at 57