Musicians Who Died on February 3

  • 1602 Paul Melissus [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1700 Diogo Dias Melgás, Portuguese composer of sacred polyphonic music, dies at 61
  • 1715 Gottfried Vopelius, composer, dies at 70
  • 1748 Henri Madin, French composer, dies at 49
  • 1814 Jan Antonín Koželuh, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • 1846 Joseph Weigl, German-Austrian composer (La Principessa d’Amalfi; Emmeline), and conductor, dies at 79
  • 1882 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, dies at 55
  • 1900 Ottokar Eugen Novacek, composer, dies at 33
  • 1903 Frederick E Kitziger, composer, dies at 59
  • 1909 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • 1921 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), dies at 56
  • 1945 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74

Buddy Holly

1959 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), dies in a plane crash at 22 [1]

  • 1959 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • 1959 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28
  • 1960 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • 1967 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • 1973 Edward Lockspeiser, British composer and musicologist (Debussy: His Life and Mind), dies at 67
  • 1975 Robert Evett, American composer, dies at 52
  • 1975 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76
  • 1993 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish contemporary classical and minimalist composer (Zomerspelen/Summer Games; Aquarius), dies at 69
  • 1993 Reid Miles, American photographer, and album cover art designer (Blue Note Records, 1955-67), dies at 65
  • 1995 Turner Fodrell, American blues and folk singer, and guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1997 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar, dies at 84
  • 1999 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • 2004 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2004 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2006 Romano Mussolini, Italian jazz pianist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 2007 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American trumpeter, husband and manager of legendary singer Celia Cruz, dies from complications of diabetes at 85
  • 2009 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2015 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • 2016 Saulius Sondeckis, Lithuanian violinist, conductor, orchestra leader (Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, 1960-2004), dies at 87
  • 2018 Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, American pop, funk and jazz session and touring drummer, (Michael Jackson -"Billie Jean"; George Duke; Herbie Hancock), composer, and producer, dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • 2020 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers, dies at 95
  • 2021 Jim Weatherly, American pop and country songwriter ("Midnight Train To Georgia"), dies at 77