Deaths in Music on February 3

  • 1602 Paul Melissus, [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62
  • 1715 Gottfried Vopelius, composer, dies at 70
  • 1748 Henri Madin, French composer, dies at 49
  • 1814 Johann Antonin Kozeluch, composer, dies at 75
  • 1846 Joseph Weigl, Austrian composer and conductor (Waisenhaus), 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, composer, dies at 56
  • 1945 José Roló, Mexican composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • 1959 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28

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1959 Buddy Holly, American rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

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  • 1959 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • 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, composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • 1975 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76
  • 1993 Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish composer (8 Horse Bet), dies at 69
  • 1995 Turner Fodrell, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
  • 1999 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • 2004 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • 2004 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2007 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • 2018 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa was a Rollin' Stone), dies following a stroke at 74