On This Day

Deaths in Music 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, composer, dies at 63
  • 1921 Henryk Pachulski, Polish composer, 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
  • 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 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • 1999 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • 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 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • 2006 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • 2011 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • 2018 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus