Musicians Who Died on February 6

  • 1497 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • 1725 Johann Philipp Krieger, German Baroque organist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1793 Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and librettist (Belisario, Servant of Two Masters), dies at 85
  • 1798 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, dies at 54
  • 1807 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer, dies at 85
  • 1859 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer, dies at 45
  • 1927 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • 1947 Luigi Russolo, Italian Futurist composer (The Art of Noises), dies at 61
  • 1960 Jesse Belvin, American pop singer, piano player (Mr. Easy), and songwriter (Earth Angel), dies in a car crash after a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas at 27
  • 1961 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Charles "Specs" Wright, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; Cannonball Adderly; Red Garland), dies at 35
  • 1963 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • 1966 Algot Haquinius, Swedish pianist, and composer, dies at 79
  • 1976 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer ("Cast Your Fate to the Wind"; Peanuts TV specials), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1981 Hugo Montenegro, American composer, arranger, and orchestra leader, dies of emphysema at 55
  • 1989 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • 1989 Nuno Oliveira, Portuguese equestrian, horse trainer, dressage instructor, and author, dies at 63
  • 1990 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • 1991 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1994 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84
  • 1994 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • 1995 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), dies at 65
  • 1998 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1998 Falco [Johann Hoelzel], Austrian singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • 2004 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1953-75), dies at 91
  • 2005 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2010 Ernest van der Eyken, Belgian violist, composer, and conductor . (Youth and Music Orchestra of Antwerp, 1963-76), dies at 96
  • 2010 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • 2011 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • 2012 Billy Bean, American jazz guitarist (John Lewis; Herbie Mann; Bud Shank), dies at 79
  • 2012 Noel Kelehan, Irish pianist, conductor (RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and arranger (Eurovision; U2), dies at 77
  • 2016 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • 2020 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), dies of a stroke at 95
  • 2020 Nello Santi, Italian opera conductor (Opernhaus Zürich; NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a blood infection at 80
  • 2022 George Crumb, American composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1968 - Echoes of Time and the River; Vox Balaenae), and educator, dies at 92 [1]