On This Day

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 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • 1924 Sabine Baring-Gould, English composer & 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 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67

Person of interestErroll Garner

1977 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1980 Larry Williams, American singer-songwriter, dies at 44
  • 1981 David Lynch, American singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies 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 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