On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1938

  • Feb 21 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • Mar 2 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 9 Sydney Baynes, English composer and conductor, dies at 59
  • Mar 18 Cyril Rootham, English composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 10 Joseph "King" Oliver, American jazz cornet player, composer, bandleader, and mentor to Louis Armstrong, dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • Apr 18 Richard Terry, English organist & musicologist, dies at 73
  • Aug 2 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic organist, composer, musical folklorist, and priest, dies at 76
  • Aug 4 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), dies at 70
  • Aug 10 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 14 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65
Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • Sep 28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • Oct 22 May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer (Hot Time in the Old Town), dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) dies of stomach cancer at 68
  • Dec 4 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76