On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1941

  • Jan 2 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist & composer (The Enchanted Nymph), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Jan 10 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer (Sea), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Dobri Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Iver Holter, Norwegian conductor (Oslo Philharmonic, 1886-1911), and composer (St. Hans Kveld), dies at 90
  • Feb 5 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • Feb 19 Hamilton Harty, Irish composer and conductor called "the prince of accompanists", dies at 61
  • Feb 20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)
  • Mar 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), dies at 63
  • Mar 8 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 9 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 11 Walford Davies, English composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 12 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Al Bowlly, South African-British dance band vocalist ("Midnight, The Stars, And You"), and bandleader, dies in a German bombing raid of London at 43
  • Apr 19 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • May 8 Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, dies at 45
  • Jun 17 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
  • Jul 5 Oskar Fried, German-Russian composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 8 Philippe Gaubert, French flautist, conductor (Paris Opéra, 1919-41), composer, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Jul 10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton [LeMothe], American jazz pioneer pianist and composer ("King Porter Stomp"), dies at 56
  • Jul 18 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 1 "Kansas City" Frank [Melrose], American jazz and blues pianist, killed in a bar fight in Hammond, Indiana at 33
  • Oct 3 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austrian composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • Oct 8 Gustav "Gus" Kahn, German-American lyricist ("It Had to Be You"; "Makin' Whoopee"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Oct 9 Helen Morgan, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Show Boat), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 41
  • Oct 26 Victor Schertzinger, American composer and director (Uptown NY), dies at 53
  • Dec 3 Christian Sinding, Norwegian composer (Frühlingsrauschen - Rustle of Spring) dies at 85
  • Dec 7 Cecil Forsyth, English composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 21 Peetie Wheatstraw [William Bunch], American blues singer, songwriter, and piano player, dies on his 39th birthday when the car in which he was a passenger met a freight train
  • Dec 22 Leopoldo Mugnone, Italian opera composer and conductor, dies at 83
  • Dec 24 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 31 Sigwart Aspestrand, Norwegian composer, dies at 85