On This Day

Musicians Who Died on January 31

  • 1783 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, dies at 72
  • 1788 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 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
  • 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, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, 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 Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)
  • 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
  • 2015 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2017 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72