FEBRUARY 15 Deaths in Music

  • 1621 Michael Praetorius, German composer (In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 50
  • 1701 Adam Drese, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1744 Frantisek Antonin Mica, composer, dies at 49
  • 1761 Carlo Cecere, composer, dies at 54
  • 1778 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1832 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, composer, dies at 85
  • 1857 Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer (“Ruslan and Ludmilla”), dies at 53
  • 1885 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • 1887 Alexander Borodin, composer, dies
  • 1910 Albert Fuchs, composer, dies at 51
  • 1916 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer, dies at 73
  • 1921 Hans Haym, German conductor, dies at 60
  • 1924 Lionel Monckton, English composer (Country Girl), dies at 62
  • 1942 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
  • 1942 Stanislav Binicki, composer, dies at 69
  • 1943 William Victor Harris, composer, dies at 73

1965 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies at 49

Musician Nat King Cole
  • 1968 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • 1971 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • 1974 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer, dies at 86
  • 1979 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short…), dies at 51
  • 1981 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • 1981 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • 1981 Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1984 Avon Long, dancer/actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1984 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • 1987 Jimmy Holiday, US singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • 1987 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • 1988 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
  • 1992 William Schuman, American composer (Amer Festival Overture, Juilliard), dies at 81
  • 1993 George Wallington, [Giacinto Figlia], Italian bebop-pianist/, dies
  • 1998 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • 1999 Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 1999 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
  • 2005 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • 2016 Denise Matthews “Vanity”, singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57