Musicians Who Died on February 20

  • 1626 John Dowland, British (or Irish?) Renaissance lutenist, singer, and composer ("I saw my Lady weepe"; "Flow My Tears"), dies and is buried at 63
  • 1628 Gregor Aichinger, German composer and organist, dies at about 63
  • 1731 Friederich Karl Erbach, German composer, dies at 50
  • 1786 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1809 Johann Joseph Emmert, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1810 Johann Friedrich Kranz, German composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Martin de Ron, Swedish bassoonist and composer, dies at 27
  • 1845 Pavel Ivanovich Dolgorukov, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • 1851 Josef Alois Ladurner, Austrian keyboardist, choral director, composer, and priest dies at 81
  • 1904 Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, dies at 83
  • 1911 Alexander Kopilov, Imperial Russian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1911 Peter Nicolai von Wilm, German-Baltic pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1925 Marco Enrico Bossi, Italian concert organist, composer and teacher, dies aboard an ocean liner while returning from a concert tour of America at 54
  • 1941 (Mary) La Bolduc (née Travers), French Canadian singer and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46
  • 1942 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, dies at 76
  • 1946 Hugh Allen, British organist, conductor (Bach Choir; Leeds Festival), and educator (Oxford, 1918-46-; Royal College of Music, 1918-37), dies from injuries after being run down by a motorcycle at 76
  • 1951 Howard Brockway, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1959 Ray McDonald, American stage and screen tap dancer, dies choking on food at 38
  • 1961 Percy Grainger, Australian-American concert pianist and composer (Hill Songs; Country Gardens), dies at 78
  • 1963 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, dies at 48
  • 1963 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), dies at 83
  • 1969 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, 1918-67). and composer (Feuilles de Printemps), dies at 85
  • 1970 Albert Louis Wolff, French conductor and composer, dies at 86
  • 1971 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies at 64
  • 1972 Herbert Menges, English composer, dies at 69
  • 1974 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • 1975 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • 1984 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), dies at 61
  • 1986 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Adrian Cruft, British composer, dies at 66
  • 1987 Ivan Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), dies at 80
  • 1992 Andrew Schenck, American conductor, dies of melanoma at 51
  • 1996 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), dies of pneumonia while being treated for bladder cancer at 65
  • 1997 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack while trying to save a distressed swimmer in Miami Beach at 36
  • 1999 Howard Boatwright, American composer and violinist, dies at 80
  • 2003 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White), dies in The Station nightclub fire at 31
  • 2004 J. J. Malone, American soul singer ("It's A Shame"), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2005 John Raitt, American stage and screen singer and actor (Carousel; Pajama Game), dies from pneumonia at 88
  • 2005 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer (Thievery Corporation) takes her own life at 50
  • 2011 Terry Clements, American guitarist (Gordon Lightfoot), dies of complications from a stroke at 63
  • 2019 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), dies at 91
  • 2021 Paolo Castaldi, Italian composer and essay writer, dies at 90
  • 2022 Joni James [Joan Babbo], American pop singer ("Why Don't You Believe Me?"; "How Important Can It Be?"), dies at 91