Deaths in Music on February 4

  • 1553 Caspar Othmayr, composer, dies at 37
  • 1590 Gioseffo Zarlino, composer, dies at 73
  • 1781 Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • 1816 Meingosus Gaelle, composer, dies at 63
  • 1834 Amelie Julia Candielle, composer, dies at 66
  • 1854 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer, dies at 66
  • 1894 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1895 Faustina Hasse Hodges, composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • 1927 Thomas Linnemann Laub, composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • 1954 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1956 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • 1974 Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1975 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1982 Alex Harvey, Scottish musician (b. 1935)
  • 1983 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32

Person of interestLiberace

1987 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1989 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • 1995 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 2000 Doris Coley, American singer (The Shirelles), dies at 58
  • 2001 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2001 Iannis Xenakis, Greek composer and architect (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • 2013 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013 Reg Presley, English rocker, dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2013 Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), dies at 80
  • 2016 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), dies at 74
  • 2016 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize 1966), dies at 93
  • 2017 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89