Deaths in Music on February 23

  • 1572 Pierre Certon, French composer
  • 1704 Georg Muffat, French/German organist/composer, dies at 50
  • 1806 John Alcock, English composer and organist, dies at 90
  • 1807 Francois Guichard, composer, dies at 61
  • 1867 George Thomas Smart, composer, dies at 90
  • 1897 Woldemar Bargiel, composer, dies at 68
  • 1903 Albert Cahen, composer, dies at 57
  • 1903 Friedrich Grutzmacher, composer, dies at 70
  • 1916 George Martin, English composer and organist, dies at 71
  • 1920 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer, dies at 61
  • 1927 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), dies at 79
  • 1930 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • 1931 Nellie Melba, [Helen Mitchell], Australian soprano, dies
  • 1934 Edward William Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode), dies at 76
  • 1957 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • 1969 Joseph Messner, composer, dies at 75
  • 1972 Michael Taube, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • 1974 Harry Ruby, American composer and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1983 Adrian Boult, conductor, dies
  • 1995 Melvin Franklin, American musician (The Temptations), dies at 52
  • 1996 George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66
  • 1997 Tony Williams, jazz musician, dies at 51
  • 1999 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, dies of cancer at 78
  • 2000 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • 2003 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), dies from an overdose at 47
  • 2004 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • 2004 Don Cornell, American singer (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80