Musicians Who Died on March 2

  • 1800 Christian Friedrich Schale, composer, dies at 86
  • 1822 Friedrich Christian Hermann Uber, composer, dies at 40
  • 1868 Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, dies at 81
  • 1882 Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, dies at 70
  • 1887 Wilhelm Troszel, Polish operatic bass, composer, and voice teacher, dies at 63
  • 1921 Henryk Pachulski, Polish pianist, composer, and educator (Moscow Conservatory, 1886-1917), dies at 61
  • 1937 Gustav Wohlgemuth, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1938 Ben Harney, American composer and 'Father of Ragtime Piano' ("You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down"), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1942 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), dies of tuberculosis at 25 [1]
  • 1974 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • 1975 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1991 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), dies at 62
  • 1995 Hugo Cole, British composer and critic, dies at 77
  • 1999 David Ackles, American singer-songwriter (American Gothic), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1999 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • 2003 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), dies at 75
  • 2003 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, dies at 71
  • 2005 Ivan Parik, Czech classical and electro-acoustic composer (Quadrophony), dies at 68
  • 2005 Martin Denny, American exotica musician, dies at 93
  • 2008 Jeff Healey, Canadian blues singer and lap-steel guitarist ("Angel Eyes"), dies of sarcoma at 41
  • 2011 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • 2018 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus
  • 2021 Bunny Wailer [Neville O'Riley Livingston], Jamaican vocalist and percussionist (The Wailers with Bob Marley), dies of stroke complications at 73
  • 2021 Chris Barber, English jazz trombonist ("Petite Fleur"), dies at 90
  • 2022 Johnny Brown, American stage and screen comic actor (Good Times - "Bookman"; Laugh-In), and singer, dies of heart failure at 84