Deaths in Music on February 8

  • 1691 Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect and composer, dies at 79
  • 1709 Giuseppe Torelli, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1797 Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer, pupil of J. S. Bach, dies at 81
  • 1801 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer, dies at 43
  • 1821 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62
  • 1849 Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68
  • 1909 Edouard Silas, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • 1909 Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer, dies at 32
  • 1947 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer, dies at 65
  • 1949 Franco Leoni, composer, dies at 81
  • 1949 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, dies at 54
  • 1972 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1977 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • 1980 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • 1990 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • 1994 Raymond Scott, composer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • 1996 Mercer Kennedy Ellington, trumpeter bandleader/composer, dies at 76
  • 1997 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • 2005 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • 2005 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88
  • 2006 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • 2012 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • 2013 James DePreist, American conductor, dies at 76
  • 2016 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • 2017 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91