On This Day

Musicians Who Died 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, English-American composer, dies at 71
  • 1896 Henry David Leslie, composer, dies at 73
  • 1927 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1944 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress, dies at 79
  • 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, American pop vocalist and drummer ("We've Only Just Begun"; "Rainy Days And Mondays"; "Top Of The World"), dies of anorexia nervosa 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
  • 1989 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1992 Andries Antonie Rieu, Dutch conductor (Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, 1949-80), dies at 75
  • 1995 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 1997 Ross Lee Finney, American composer (Landscapes Remembered), dies at 90
  • 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, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • 2001 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), dies at 51
  • 2003 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Barbara McNair, American singer ("Till There Was You") and actress (They Call Me MR. Tibbs and actress, dies of throat cancer at 72
  • 2007 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), dies at 82
  • 2009 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), dies of heart attack at 62
  • 2010 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), dies at 86
  • 2013 Pat Halcox, British trumpeter, dies at 82
  • 2013 Reg Presley [Reginald Ball], English rock vocalist (Troggs - "Wild Thing"; "Love Is All Around"), and songwriter, 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), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), dies at 93
  • 2016 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson, Chicago, Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, dies at 89
  • 2016 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), dies at 85
  • 2017 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • 2017 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), dies at 67
  • 2019 Zbigniew Penherski, Polish composer (Little Music for the End of Century), dies at 84