On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 7

  • 1743 Lodovico Giustini, Italian composer, dies at 57
  • 1749 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer, dies at 76
  • 1779 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), dies from gout at about 69
  • 1820 Samuel Adams Holyoke, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1827 Franz Anton Dimmler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1830 Marcus Antonio da Fonseca Portugal, Portuguese composer, dies at 67
  • 1862 František Jan Škroup, Czech composer (Kde domov můj? - Czech national anthem), dies at 61
  • 1871 Henry Steinway [Heinrich Steinweg], German American piano manufacturer (Steinway & Sons), dies at 73
  • 1901 Benjamin Edward Woolf, composer, dies at 64
  • 1915 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, dies at 68
  • 1918 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Ion Vidu, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • 1944 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • 1948 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • 1954 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • 1957 Rudolph Reti, Serbian composer, dies at 71

  • 1959 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • 1968 Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • 1969 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • 1971 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, dies on his 73rd birthday
  • 1979 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, dies at 68
  • 1980 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • 1985 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), dies from liver cancer at 54
  • 1986 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Witold Lutosławski, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor (Musique funèbre; Trois poèmes d'Henri Michaux), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1995 William Harry "Billy" Jones, American rock guitarist (The Outlaws), dies of self-inflicted gunshot at 45
  • 1996 Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
  • 1996 Tiny Winters, musician, dies at 87
  • 1997 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • 1999 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2000 Big Pun, Puerto Rican-American rapper (b. 1971)
  • 2000 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), dies of complications from cancer at 56
  • 2001 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • 2006 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, dies at 78
  • 2007 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz and session drummer, and bandleader, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • 2008 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • 2009 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2017 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), dies at 100
  • 2018 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), dies at 76
  • 2018 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead - "Eyes Of The World"), dies at 70
  • 2020 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, dies at 86
  • 2020 Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Holy Modal Rounders), dies at 76