On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 25

  • 1643 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1682 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, murdered at 38
  • 1719 Giovanni Maria Casini, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1851 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53
  • 1852 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • 1901 Jose Rogel, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • 1902 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1934 Daniel Protheroe, Welsh conductor and composer, dies at 67
  • 1942 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, dies at 61
  • 1953 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • 1956 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • 1957 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • 1967 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1974 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), dies at 67
  • 1987 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56

  • 1993 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1993 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • 1993 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies of cocaine induced cardio-respiratory failure at 45
  • 1995 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), dies at 73
  • 1998 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • 1998 Rockin' Sidney [Simien], American zydeco and R&B singer-songwriter, accordionist, guitarist, organist, and harmonica player ("My Toot-Toot"; "You Ain't Nothing But Fine"), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 2005 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), dies of a stroke at 65
  • 2007 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 66
  • 2008 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 2009 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2011 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • 2012 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • 2012 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, dies at 78
  • 2012 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2013 "Dangerous" Dan Toler, American rock guitarist (Dickey Betts; Allman Brothers), dies of ALS at 64
  • 2014 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2016 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2019 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), dies at 64
  • 2019 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, dies at 88