On This Day

Musicians Who Died on October 2

  • 1559 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1629 Pierre the Barulle, French cardinal/founder (French Oratorio), dies
  • 1629 Antonio Cifra, Italian composer dies at about 45
  • 1656 Stephan Otto, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1842 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, dies at 56
  • 1915 Russell Alexander, American vaudenille performer, euphonium virtuoso, and march composer, dies at 38
  • 1920 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • 1943 R. Nathaniel Dett, Canadian-American pianist, organist, choral director, and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack while on tour with the USO at 60
  • 1960 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • 1967 Albertina Rasch, Austrian-born American ballerina and choreographer, dies at 76
  • 1970 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Bo Linde, Swedish neo-classical composer, dies at 37
  • 1971 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60
  • 1981 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • 1983 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, dies at 75
  • 1993 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), dies at 66
  • 1994 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), dies of heart failure at 85 [1]
  • 1996 Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer (The Last Temptations), dies at 74
  • 1996 Frida Knight, English Communist activist and author, dies at 85
  • 1998 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again";"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), dies of lymphoma at 91
  • 2001 Franz Biebl, German composer, mostly of choral music, dies at 95
  • 2012 Big Jim Sullivan [Tomkins], British session and touring rock guitarist, sitar, and banjo player, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 71
  • 2013 Bob Rozario, American pianist (Louis Prima), and orchestra leader (Bobby Darin; Tony Orlando; Donny & Marie), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2015 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), dies at 100 [1]
  • 2016 Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist (Academy of St Martin in the Fields), dies at 92
  • 2016 Thomas Round, British tenor (Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies at 100
  • 2017 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer and songwriter Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "American Girl"; Traveling Wilburys - "Last Night"; solo -"I Won't Back Down"), dies of an accidental overdose at 66
  • 2018 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2019 Giya Kancheli, Georgian composer (NightPrayers; Exil), dies at 84
  • 2019 Barrie Masters, British pub-rock singer (Eddie & the Hot Rods - "Teenage Depression"), dies of drug intoxication at 63