On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 24

  • 1666 Nicholas Lanier, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1674 Matthias Weckmann, German composer (b. 1616)
  • 1692 Antimo Liberati, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • 1704 Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (church music), dies
  • 1735 Georg Friedrich Kauffmann, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1784 Anton Laube, Bohemian composer, dies at 65
  • 1874 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, dies at 49
  • 1895 Ignaz Lachner, German composer, dies at 87
  • 1907 Otto Goldschmidt, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1908 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, Ukrainian composer, dies at 66
  • 1915 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, dies at 78
  • 1919 Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
  • 1922 Dmitri B. Shostakovich, father of Russian composer Dmitri D S, dies
  • 1929 André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
  • 1960 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60

  • 1976 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), dies at 82
  • 1983 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • 1988 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • 1988 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1990 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
  • 1991 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64

Person of interestDinah Shore

1994 Dinah Shore, American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show, Nabisco DS Championship), dies of ovarian cancer at 76

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • 1994 Donald Phillips, pianist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1994 Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
  • 1995 Richard Nicholson, musician, dies at 89
  • 1996 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • 1998 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • 2002 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • 2002 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • 2003 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • 2004 Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), dies at 95
  • 2007 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • 2008 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), dies at 90
  • 2012 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer(La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), dies at 92
  • 2016 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, dies at 78
  • 2019 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, dies at 93
  • 2019 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • 2020 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian pop-rock singer (Popol Ace; Eurovison Song Contest, 1978, 1982 & 1983), dies at 70