Deaths in Music on February 20

  • 1626 John Dowland, composer, dies
  • 1628 Gregor Aichinger, German composer/organist, dies at about 63
  • 1731 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer, dies at 50
  • 1786 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1809 Johann Joseph Emmert, composer, dies at 76
  • 1810 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Martin de Ron, composer, dies at 27
  • 1845 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer, dies at 57
  • 1851 Josef Alois Ladurner, composer, dies at 81
  • 1904 Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer, dies at 83
  • 1911 Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, composer, dies at 56
  • 1911 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, composer, dies at 76
  • 1941 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1942 Guido Gasperini, composer, dies at 76
  • 1946 Hugh Allen, musician, dies
  • 1951 Howard Brockway, composer, dies at 80
  • 1959 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • 1961 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • 1963 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • 1963 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • 1969 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • 1970 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • 1972 Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
  • 1973 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), dies at 80
  • 1974 David Monrad Johansen, composer, dies at 85
  • 1975 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • 1984 Fikret Dzhamil Amirov, composer, dies at 61
  • 1986 Francisco Paolo Mignone, composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Toru Takemitsu, composer, dies at 65
  • 1997 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
  • 2003 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • 2004 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), dies at 68
  • 2005 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • 2005 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)