On This Day

Deaths in Music on October 2

  • 1559 Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1629 Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1656 Stephan Otto, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1842 José Mariano Elízaga, Mexican composer, dies at 56
  • 1915 Russell Alexander, composer, dies at 38
  • 1920 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • 1943 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack 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 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 (b. 1906)
  • 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 (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), 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