Musicians Who Died on February 28

  • 1609 Paul Sartorius, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1737 Hercule Brehy, Flemish composer and organist, dies at 63
  • 1796 Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1876 Charles Edward Horsley, English composer, dies at 53
  • 1908 Pauline Lucca, Austrian operatic soprano, dies at 66
  • 1922 Vicente Lleo, Spanish composer (La corte de Faraón), dies at 51
  • 1929 John Ebenezer West, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1935 (Francisca) "Chiquinha" Gonzaga, Brazilian pianist, composer, and 1st female conductor in Brazil, dies at 87
  • 1940 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • 1949 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • 1961 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer and music publisher, dies at 64
  • 1963 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1975 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 83
  • 1985 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • 1986 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Nora Kaye, American ballet dancer, and Broadway and film choreographer, dies of cancer at 67
  • 1992 La Lupe [Guadalupe Yolí Raymond], Cuban salsa, boleros, and guarachas singer, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 1993 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (42nd Street; Dames), dies of cancer at 82
  • 1994 (Elbert) "Skippy" Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1995 (Herman) "Ace" Wallace, American St. Louis blues guitarist and singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Max Rudolf, German-American conductor (Cincinnati Symphony, 1958-70), and pedagogue (Curtis Institute, 1970-73 and 1980-95), dies at 92
  • 2000 George Siravo, American big band and session saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor (Columbia Records), dies at 83
  • 2002 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Gene Allison, American R&B singer ("You Can Make It If You Try"), dies at 69
  • 2005 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), dies at 63
  • 2006 Irv Kluger, American big band jazz and session drummer (Artie Shaw; Gramercy Five), dies at 84
  • 2007 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • 2008 Mike Smith, British rock singer and keyboardist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 2010 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 2015 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), dies at 90 [1]
  • 2017 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, French composer, dies at 96
  • 2017 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), dies at 86 [1] [2]
  • 2018 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer (The Fantasticks), and illustrator, dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • 2019 André Previn [Andreas Priwin], German-American conductor (London Symphony, 1968-79; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1975-85), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89-ish