Musicians Who Died on February 22

  • 1674 John Wilson, English composer, dies at 78
  • 1750 Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, composer, dies at 71
  • 1788 Franz Joseph Oehlschlagel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1822 Johann Ignaz Walter, German opera singer and composer, dies at 66
  • 1824 John Davy, English composer, dies at 60
  • 1836 John Clarke-Whitfeld, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1838 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), dies at 70
  • 1846 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, dies at 77
  • 1849 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, dies at 28
  • 1878 Franz Hunten, composer, dies at 84
  • 1888 Jean-Delphin Alard, French violinist and composer, dies at 72
  • 1903 Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf, Austrian composer (Corregidor), dies at 42
  • 1934 Willem Kes, Dutch violinist, conductor, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1960 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch organist, composer and choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • 1961 Nick LaRocca, American jazz coronetist and composer (Tiger Rag), dies at 71
  • 1971 Rudolf Mauersberger, German choral conductor and composer (Dresdner Requiem), dies at 82
  • 1976 Florence Ballard, American pop and R&B singer (The Supremes, 1959-67 - "Buttered Popcorn"; "Where Did Our Love Go"), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • 1983 Adrian Boult, British conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1930-50; London Philharmonic, 1950-59), dies at 93
  • 1983 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • 1985 Efrem Zimbalist Sr, Russian-American violinist composer, and educator (Curtis Institute, 1928-68), dies at 95
  • 1994 "Papa" John Creach, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2000 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, dies at 79
  • 2001 John Farley, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), dies at 61
  • 2006 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • 2007 Ian Wallace, British session and touring rock and jazz drummer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bob Dylan, 1977-78; Crimson Jazz Trio, 2005-07), dies of esophageal cancer at 60
  • 2009 Günter Kochan, German composer, dies at 78
  • 2012 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • 2012 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of cancer at 74
  • 2013 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony, 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra, 1993-2003), and pianist, dies aged 89
  • 2015 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 68
  • 2016 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • 2018 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), dies at 97
  • 2022 Mark Lanegan, American grunge-rock singer-songwriter (Screaming Trees; Queens of the Stone Age), dies at 57