Musicians Who Died on January 31

  • 1783 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, dies at 72
  • 1788 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1865 Aristide Farrenc, French flautist, music publisher, and musicologist (Trésor des pianistes), dies at 70
  • 1918 Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, dies at 76
  • 1922 Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer, dies at 56
  • 1969 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • 1970 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1972 Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • 1972 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), dies at 78
  • 1976 Buster Brown, American blues singer and harmonica player (Fannie Mae), dies at 64
  • 1979 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1982 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74
  • 1985 Barbara Cowsill, American singer and rock band mother (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "We Can Fly"), dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1989 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • 2000 (Simon) "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, dies of leukemia at 82
  • 2002 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), dies at 73
  • 2006 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • 2007 (Kirill) "Kirka" Babitzin, Finnish pop-rock singer ("Hetki Lyö" (Beat the Clock)), dies at 56
  • 2009 Dewey Martin, Canadian rock drummer (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"), dies at 68
  • 2009 Erland von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 98
  • 2010 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • 2014 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, dies at 65
  • 2014 Paul Humphrey, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring drummer, dies at 78
  • 2015 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2017 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • 2017 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2022 Carleton Carpenter, American magician, stage and screen actor (Two Weeks With Love; Up Periscope), songwriter, and mystery novelist (Cat Got Your Tongue?),, dies at 95