Musicians Who Died on January 2

  • 1726 Domenico Zipoli, Italian organist & composer, dies at 37
  • 1740 Johann Georg Weichenberger, Austrian composer, dies at 63
  • 1780 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German musician & composer, dies at 66
  • 1789 Franz Joseph Leonti Meyer of Schauensee, Swiss composer and organist, dies at 68
  • 1803 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1915 (Károly) "Karl" Goldmark, Hungarian-Viennese violinist and composer (Rustic Wedding Symphony; The Queen of Sheba; Sakuhtala), dies at 84
  • 1924 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer and novelist, dies at 89
  • 1941 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist & composer (The Enchanted Nymph), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • 1963 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1970 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • 1973 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1974 (Woodward) "Tex" Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, "Wayward Wind"), dies of a heart attack at 67

Erroll GarnerErroll Garner (1923-1977)

American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

  • 1981 David Lynch, American singer (Platters - "Twilight Time"; "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1983 Bernard George Stevens, British composer, dies at 66
  • 1986 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), dies at 78
  • 1986 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), dies at 79
  • 1990 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • 1997 Randy California, American rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • 2000 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2002 Armi Aavikko, Finnish beauty queen (Miss Finland, 1977), and pop singer, dies at 43
  • 2002 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • 2003 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • 2012 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist & composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, American rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly), dies at 63
  • 2013 Rod Hicks, American bassist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), dies at 71
  • 2014 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • 2015 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • 2015 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2018 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • 2019 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together"), dies of kidney failure at 76