On This Day

Year 1962 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Beatles' Decca audition is unsuccessful

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Tony Sheridan & Beatles produce "My Bonnie" & "The Saints"

Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • Jan 13 "Do Re Mi" closes at St James Theater NYC after 400 performances

Music ReleaseThe Twist Dance Craze

Jan 13 Chubby Checker's song "The Twist", credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

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Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
Young people in Berlin taking part in the Twist dance craze, 1964
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  • Jan 17 Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
  • Jan 20 "Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "The Twist" to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • Jan 26 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • Jan 27 "Family Affair" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Feb 1 "New Faces of '62" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 113 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 16 Darius Milhaud's 12th Symphony premieres

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • Feb 24 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Feb 24 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances
  • Mar 7 The Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 8 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • Mar 15 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR

  • Mar 18 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing "Un premier amour" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 19 "All American" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 80 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 22 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Mar 25 "Family Affair" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 65 performances

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Apr 9 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story" (Best Picture, Director, and 8 more), Sophia Loren (Two Women) & Maximilian Schell (Judgement At Nuremberg) win

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
Actor Maximilian Schell
Actor
Maximilian Schell

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 5 "West Side Story" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • May 8 Stephen Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford, and directed by George Abbott, opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 965 performances, and wins 6 Tony Awards
  • May 9 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • May 19 "Bravo, Giovanni" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 76 performances
  • May 19 "John Birch Society" by Chad Mitchell Trio hits #99
  • May 25 Isley Brothers release "Twist & Shout"
  • May 26 "All American" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • May 29 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Garry Moore Show"
  • May 29 4th Grammy Awards: Moon River, Peter Nero win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" premieres

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 2 Ray Charles' cover of Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You", from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 9 Tony Bennett debuts in concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer
Tony Bennett

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 11 "Julie & Carol at Carnegie Hall", musical comedy/variety television special with Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett premieres on CBS

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews
Comedian and Actress Carol Burnett
Comedian and Actress
Carol Burnett
  • Jun 23 Styne, Comden and Green's musical "Subways Are For Sleeping" closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 205 performances
  • Jul 12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)
  • Jul 20 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 13th Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best
Original Drummer of the Beatles
Pete Best
  • Aug 28 Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record "Ya Ya (Parts 1 + 2)"
  • Sep 4 Beatles record "How Do You Do It" at EMI
  • Sep 11 Beatles cut "Love Me Do", "PS I Love You", and a slow version of "Please, Please Me" with Andy White on drums
  • Sep 15 "Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Bob Dylan plays NYC Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 29 "Alley Cat" by Bent Fabric & His Piano peaks at #7
  • Sep 29 "Green Onions" by Booker T & MG's peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "My Fair Lady" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 2,715 performances
  • Sep 29 "You Can't Judge A Book By Cover" by Bo Diddley peaks at #48
  • Oct 1 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)
  • Oct 1 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage Beatles through 1977
  • Oct 3 "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" opens at Shubert NYC for 886 performances
  • Oct 5 The Beatles release their first record, "Love Me Do"

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Oct 13 Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opens on Broadway featuring actress Uta Hagen

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Peter, Paul and Mary's debut folk album "Peter, Paul and Mary" reaches No. 1 on US album charts

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • Oct 20 Musical "Mr President" opens at St James Theater New York for 265 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 24 "The Manchurian Candidate", directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey, is released

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Oct 26 The Beatles record "Ask Me Why"
  • Oct 27 "Beyond the Fringe" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances
  • Nov 10 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 17 "Nowhere to Go, But Up" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 17 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 257 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Nov 26 The Beatles re-record "Please Please Me" at a faster tempo
  • Dec 8 "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closes at Shubert NYC after 300 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 15 Vaughn Meader's "1st Family" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 12 weeks

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 189

  • Jan 1 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits)
  • Jan 3 Guy Pratt, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 4 Martin McAloon, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • Jan 4 Patrick Cassidy, American actor and composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)

Person of interestMichael Houser

Jan 6 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), born in Boone, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Jan 8 Chris Marion, American musician, born in Belton, Texas
  • Jan 13 Trace Adkins, American country singer ("Ladies Love Country Boys"; "You're Gonna Miss This"), born in Sarepta, Louisiana
  • Jan 14 Patricia Morrison [Rainone], American punk rock bassist (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 15 Conrad Lant, English musician, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Paul Webb, English rocker (Talk Talk - ''It's My Life"), born in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Maxine Jones, American R&B singer (En Vogue), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 Tom Keifer, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Cinderella - "Coming Home"), born in Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 27 Michael Collins, clarinetist
  • Jan 27 Roberto Paci Dalò, Italian director and composer
  • Jan 28 (Leslie Ann) "Sam" Phillips, American singer-songwriter (Martinis & Bikinis; Gilmore Girls; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 30 María Granillo, Mexican classical composer (Breathing Music; Mousai), and educator, born in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
  • Jan 31 Sophie Muller, English music video director, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Lena Bloch, Russian-American jazz saxophonist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 1 Tomoyasu Hotei, Japanese guitarist, born in Takasaki, Japan

Person of interestClint Black

Feb 4 Clint Black, American country vocalist (Killin' Time, A Better Man), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • Feb 5 Tommy Skeoch, American guitarist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)

Person of interestAxl Rose

Feb 6 Axl Rose [William Bailey], American singer & songwriter (Guns & Roses), born in Lafayette, Indiana

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose

Person of interestGarth Brooks

Feb 7 Garth Brooks, American country singer (No Fences; "Friends In Low Places"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • Feb 7 David Bryan [Rashbaum], American rock keyboardist (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"), and theatrical composer (Memphis; The Toxic Avenger), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • Feb 9 Anik Bissonnette, Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 10 Cliff Burton, American bass guitarist (Metallica), born in Castro Valley, California (d. 1986)

Person of interestSheryl Crow

Feb 11 Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter (All I Want to Do-Grammy 1995), born in Kennett, Missouri

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl Crow
  • Feb 16 Tony Kiley, British rock drummer (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • Feb 16 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • Feb 16 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil), born in Mansfield, England (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 David McComb, Australian singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Triffids, 1976-89; d The Blackeyed Susans, 1989–93), born in Perth, Australia (d. 1999)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Bayer, American music video director
  • Feb 20 Joel Ellis, American glam- metal singer (Cats In Boots; Heavy Bones)
  • Feb 23 Michael Wilton, American heavy metal guitarist (Queensrÿche), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Michelle Shocked, American singer-songwriter
  • Feb 25 Foster Sylvers, American singer (Sylvers), born in Pasadena, California
  • Feb 25 LaVerne Butler, American jazz singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Mar 1 Bill Leen, American rocker (Gin Blossoms - "Allison Road")
  • Mar 2 Jon Bon Jovi [John Bongiovi], American rock singer-songwriter (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name"; "Who Says You Can't Go Home"), born in Sayreville, New Jersey
  • Mar 5 Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish rock musicians (The Proclaimers - "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"), born in Leith, Scotland
  • Mar 7 Taylor Dayne [Leslie Wunderman], American vocalist ("Tell It To My Heart"; "I'll Always Love You"), born in New York
  • Mar 10 Gary Clark, Scottish rock singer-songwriter and record producer (Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"), born in Dundee, Scotlaand
  • Mar 10 Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer
  • Mar 13 Terence Blanchard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), film score composer (When The Levees Broke; Harriet), and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 15 Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 15 Terrence Trent D'Arby, American rock vocalist (Wishing Well), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 17 Clare Grogan, Scottish new wave singer (Altered Images - "Happy Birthday"), and actress (Gregory's Girl; Eastenders), born in Glasgow
  • Mar 17 Janet Gardner, American rock singer, and rhythm guitarist (Vixen - "Rev It Up"), born in Juneau, Alaska
  • Mar 17 Roxy Petrucci, American rock drummer (Vixen - "Rev It Up'), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • Mar 24 Angèle Dubeau, Canadian classical violinist, born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec
  • Mar 26 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • Mar 28 Ged Grimes, Scottish rock bassist, and producer (Danny Wilson; Deacon Blue; Simple Minds), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Mar 30 M C Hammer [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1 Sara Lazarus, American jazz singer ("It's All Right With Me"), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 2 Billy Dean, American country singer ("Young Man"; "Fire in the Dark"), born in Quincy, Florida
  • Apr 3 Mike Ness, American rocker (Social Distortion), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Apr 3 Simon Raymonde, British bassist, songwriter, and record producer (Cocteau Twins), born in Lewisham, London, England
  • Apr 7 Alain Robert, French rock & urban climber, born in Digoin, France
  • Apr 8 Izzy Stradlin [Jeff Isabelle], American guitarist (Guns & Roses), born in Lafayette, Indiana
  • Apr 8 Adam Mole, British guitarist (Pop Will Eat Itself - "Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!"), born in England
  • Apr 12 Art Alexakis, American musician (Everclear), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 13 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (What Is This?, 1980-85; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1982-87), born in Haifa, Israel (d. 1988)
  • Apr 14 John Bell, American rock singer and guitarist (Widespread Panic - "Hope in a Hopeless World"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 15 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), born in Bindrakh, Punjab (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Ian MacKaye, American rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • Apr 22 Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer, born in Rabat, Morocco (d. 2007)
  • Apr 26 Grahame "Skin" Skinner, Scottish rocker (Hipsway), born in Glasgow
  • Apr 26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer ("Rock On"), born in San Diego, California
  • May 4 Oleta Adams, American soul singer and pianist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 5 Jenifer McKitrick, American songwriter ("Mine, Mine, Mine"), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • May 5 Gary Daly, British new wave rock keyboardist, singer, and songwriter (China Crisis - "Wishful Thinking"), born in Liverpool, England
  • May 5 Kevin Mooney, British rock bassist (Adam & The Ants - "Ant Music"; "Goody Two Shoes"), born in Greenwich, London, England
  • May 6 Stan Cullimore, British guitarist (Housemartins, "Happy Hour"; "Caravan Of Love"), journalist, and music educator, born in Kingston upon Hull, Englan
  • May 6 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • May 9 Dave Gahan, British new wave rock vocalist (Depeche Mode - "Dreaming of Me"), born in Essex, England
  • May 9 John Corbett, American actor (Northern Exposure - "Chris Stevens"; Sex and the City - Aidan; My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and country music singer, born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • May 9 Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter (Housemartins), born in Bromborough, England
  • May 10 Garry Daley, keyboard (China Crisis-Christian)
  • May 12 Brett Gurewitz, American guitarist and songwriter (Bad Religion), record label owner, and producer (Epitaph), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 14 C. C. DeVille, American rocker (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 14 Ian Astbury, British-Canadian rock singer and songwriter (The Cult - "Fire Woman"), born in Heswall, Cheshire, England
  • May 17 Tracey Bryn, American alt-rock vocalist (Voice of the Beehive - "Don't Call Me Baby; "I Think I Love You"), born in Encino, California
  • May 18 (Marianne) "Nanne" Grönvall (nee Nordqvist), Swedish pop singer and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 18 Sandra Cretu, German singer (Close to Seven), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • May 19 Iain Harvie, Scottish rock guitarist (Nothing Ever Happens)
  • May 20 Ralph Peterson Jr., American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers; Fo'tet), and educator (Berklee), born in Pleasantville, New Jersey (d. 2021) [1]
  • May 23 Franca Masu, Italian jazz and world music singer-songwriter, born in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
  • May 26 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black - "Wonderful Life"), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)
  • May 31 Corey Hart, Canadian rock vocalist ("Sunglasses At Night"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 1 Jesse Johnson, rocker (Time)
  • Jun 4 John P. Kee, American gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Jun 4 (Hiram) Winard Harper, American jazz drummer (Betty Carter; The Harper Brothers; Fathead Newman), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 7 Patrick "Paddy" McAloon, British singer-songwriter (Prefab Sprout - "When Love Breaks Down"), born in Witton Gilbert, Durham, England
  • Jun 7 Michael Cartellone, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), born in Solon, Ohio
  • Jun 8 Nick Rhodes [Bates], British keyboardist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"), born in Moseley, Birmingham, England
  • Jun 8 Kristine W [Weitz], American musician ranked by Billboard as the 8th Greatest Dance Artist of all-time (The Advocate), born in Pasco, Washington
  • Jun 9 Eddie Lundon, British rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (China Crisis - "Wishful Thinking"), born in Kirby, Liverpool, England
  • Jun 11 Rob B [Birch], British singer (Stereo MCs - "Connected"), born in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 20 Singer Jane Froman (54) weds college friend Rowland Smith

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 23 John Lennon, musician and member of the Beatles, weds Cynthia Powell

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 9 French singer Édith Piaf (46) marries French Greek actor Théo Sarapo (26)

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 18 Singer Barry White (18) weds childhood sweetheart Betty Smith

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Singer Tina Turner (23) weds Ike Turner (31) in Tijuana, Mexico

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 28 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Leroy Shield, American pianist and composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • Jan 12 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 18 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 26 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 16 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Mar 30 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 20 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 22 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, dies at 61
  • May 27 Egon Petri, Dutch classical pianist, dies at 81
  • May 31 Eduardo Toldrà, Spanish Catalan composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Jun 12 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • Jun 13 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • Jun 18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader (b. 1907)
  • Aug 23 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • Aug 24 Henry George Ley, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 5 Gertrude E. Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden). dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • Sep 14 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 4 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 79
  • Oct 8 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer
  • Oct 17 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, dies at 55
  • Oct 28 Pierre Froidebise, composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 29 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Harry Barris, American popular singer (b. 1905)
  • Dec 20 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75