On This Day

Musicians Who Died on September 2

  • 1397 Francesco Landini, Italian composer
  • 1715 Constantin Christian Dedekind, German composer and poet, dies at 87
  • 1800 Prince Maciej Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian noble, composer and librettist, dies at 50
  • 1870 Arthur Saint-Leon, French composer and dancer, dies at 48
  • 1891 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer, dies at 76
  • 1905 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1906 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1934 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), is shot at 26
  • 1934 Alcide Nunez, American musician (b. 1884)
  • 1955 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, dies at 60
  • 1961 Greet Koeman, Dutch opera soprano, dies at 54
  • 1970 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63
  • 1980 William Douglas Denny, American composer, dies at 70
  • 1981 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Four Essays; Psychodrama; Voices From Afar), co-founder of Warsaw Autumn festival, and educator, dies at 53
  • 1986 Philip Radcliffe, English composer, dies at 81
  • 1994 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62

  • 1995 Vaclav Neummann, conductor, dies at 74
  • 1996 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 1996 Cyril Reuben, violinist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), dies at 96
  • 1997 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • 2000 Elvera Sanchez, Puerto Rican dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2001 Jay Migliori, American saxophonist (Supersax), dies at 70
  • 2006 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2006 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2006 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • 2007 Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer, dies of breast cancer at 45
  • 2007 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62
  • 2009 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • 2012 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 2015 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • 2017 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), dies at 96
  • 2017 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 66
  • 2018 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), dies from a brain tumor at 58 [1]
  • 2020 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers), dies at 62