On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 5

  • 1705 Jean Gilles, French composer, dies at 37
  • 1738 Georg Reidel, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1745 Coelestin Praelisauer, German organist, composer, and monk, dies at 49
  • 1758 Bernhard Christian Weber, composer, dies at 45
  • 1812 Franz Schneider, composer, dies at 74
  • 1825 Pierre Gaveaux, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1838 Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
  • 1907 Ludwig Thuille, Austrian composer (sextet for piano and wind quintet), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1917 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer, (Miss Hook of Holland), dies at 41
  • 1922 James W. Tate, English composer, dies at 46
  • 1924 Alexis Hollander, composer, dies at 83
  • 1926 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, dies at 69
  • 1929 Siegfried Ochs, German composer, dies at 70
  • 1941 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • 1949 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • 1954 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77

  • 1959 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, dies at 77
  • 1960 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1962 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • 1968 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • 1975 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), dies at 42
  • 1976 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • 1989 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • 1994 Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
  • 1996 Antonio Ruiz Soler, Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • 1998 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
  • 2000 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2012 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), dies 82
  • 2013 Egil Hovland, Norwegian composer, dies at 88
  • 2014 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 93
  • 2020 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), dies from multiple myeloma at 73