On This Day

Musicians Who Died on February 9

  • 1617 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet, dies at 44
  • 1740 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1765 Elisabetta de Gambarini, English composer, dies at 33
  • 1812 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer, dies at 54
  • 1849 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1857 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, dies at 58
  • 1916 Hynek Vojáček, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1935 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1949 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1960 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79
  • 1976 Percy Faith, Canadian-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • 1978 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)

  • 1980 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), dies at 63

Person of interestBill Haley

1981 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1984 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras
  • 1991 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • 1994 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Kaufman, US violinist/conductor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 88
  • 1997 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • 2002 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), dies of complications from a stroke at 66
  • 2007 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), dies at 75
  • 2008 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2010 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2015 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • 2018 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2020 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 84
  • 2020 Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, American pianist and composer (The Glass Woman), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2021 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer; 23 time Grammy winner (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), dies of cancer at 79 [1]