Deaths in Music on February 28

  • 1609 Paul Sartorius, composer, dies at 39
  • 1737 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1796 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 56
  • 1876 Charles Edward Horsley, composer, dies at 53
  • 1908 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, dies at 66
  • 1922 Vicente Lleo, composer, dies at 51
  • 1929 John Ebenezer West, composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1949 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1961 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
  • 1975 Istvan Kardos, composer, dies at 83
  • 1985 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • 1985 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1986 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • 1992 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • 1993 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street, Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1994 Elbert "Skippy" Williams, tenor Sax player, dies at 77
  • 1995 Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Max Rudolf, conductor, dies at 92
  • 2002 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 2008 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • 2018 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer and illustrator (The Fantasticks), dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88