Musicians Who Died on February 19

  • 1605 Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer, dies at 54
  • 1653 Luigi Rossi, Italian early baroque composer, dies at about 55
  • 1785 Johann Christoph Richter, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1790 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz [Jan Křtitel Krumpholtz], Czech-French harpist and composer, drowns himself over lost love, in the Seine River, at 47
  • 1815 Leonhard von Call, Austrian composer, dies at 47
  • 1822 Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer, dies at 78
  • 1858 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1875 Jean B. Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas), dies at 76
  • 1894 Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1923 Gerónimo Giménez, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • 1927 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), dies at 80
  • 1933 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1941 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", dies at 61
  • 1944 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1949 Auguste Serieyx, French pedagogue and composer, dies at 83
  • 1950 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Otakar Pařík, Czech pianist and conductor, dies at 54
  • 1962 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Bartolomé "Beny" Moré, Cuban guaracha and mambo singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader, dies of liver cirrhosis at 43
  • 1972 (Edward) Lee Morgan, American hard-bop jazz trumpeter ("The Sidewinder"), dies after being shot by his wife between sets during a gig at 33 [1]
  • 1975 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer (Il prigioniero; Ulisse), dies of Pulmonary edema at 71
  • 1980 (Clarence) "Shorty" Cherock, American swing jazz and big band trumpeter (Jimmy Dorsey; Gene Krupa; Nelson Riddle), dies at 64
  • 1980 (Ronald) "Bon" Scott, Australian rock musician, singer, and lyricist (AC/DC -"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 33
  • 1981 Frank Merrick, English composer, dies at 94
  • 1984 Claude Hopkins, American jazz stride pianist, arranger, bandleader, and musical director (Josephine Baker), dies at 80
  • 1984 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • 1996 Dorothy Maynor, American soprano and founder (Harlem School of Arts), dies at 85
  • 1998 (Louis) "Grandpa" Jones, American country music singer and banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • 2000 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian violinist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 91
  • 2001 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), dies at 87
  • 2003 Johnny Paycheck [Donald Lytle], American country singer ("ake This Job and Shove It"), dies after contracting emphysema and asthma at 64
  • 2007 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • 2007 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls; Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • 2008 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), dies at 82
  • 2008 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • 2008 Yegor Letov, Russian rock poet, songwriter, and singer (Grazhdanskaya Oborona), dies of heart failure at 43
  • 2009 Kelly Groucutt, British rock bass guitarist and vocalist (Electric Light Orchestra; ELO II; The Orchestra), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 2013 Manfred Niehaus, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2014 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethno-musicologist, dies at 82
  • 2015 Ward Swingle, American vocalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger, and conductor (The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sebastian Bach), dies at 87
  • 2017 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • 2020 Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), shot and killed in a home invasion at 20
  • 2022 Gary Brooker, British rock keyboardist and singer (Procol Harum -"A Whiter Shade of Pale"), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2022 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist, composer (The True Samaritan), educator, and radio broadcaster, dies at 86 [1]