Deaths in Music 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, composer, dies at 76
  • 1857 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 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 musician (b. 1910)
  • 1960 Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, American singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • 1976 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1978 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)

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
  • 2008 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2015 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82