On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1944

  • Jan 19 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress, dies at 79
  • Feb 7 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • Feb 11 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
  • Feb 16 Edmund von Borck, German composer, dies fighting in Italy in WWII at 37
  • Feb 16 Bob Zurke [Boguslaw Zukowski], American jazz pianist, arranger, (Bob Crosby Orchestra), and composer ("Old Tom-Cat On The Keys"), dies of complications of pneumonia aggravated by acute alcohol poisoning at 32
  • Feb 19 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Pavel Chesnokov, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 20 Felix Woyrsch, German composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Mikulas Moyzes, Slovak composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 4 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 Willy Derby [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • Apr 9 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 59
  • Apr 13 Cécile Chaminade, French pianist and 1st female composer awarded with Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1913), dies at 86
  • Apr 22 Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, dies at 68
  • May 9 Ethel Smyth, English composer, dies at 86
  • May 16 Leone Sinigaglia, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • Jun 5 Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 24 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 25 Lucha Reyes [María de Luz Flores], Mexican mariachi singer ("Guadalajara"), dies of barbiturate intoxication at 38
  • Jun 27 Werner Wehrli, Swiss composer, pedagogue, and conductor, dies at 52
  • Jun 29 Chick Henderson [Henderson Rowntree], British dance band vocalist (Joe Loss Orchestra - "Begin the Beguine"), killed in action while serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, at 31
  • Jul 5 William Gillies Whittaker, English composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 19 Will Marion Cook, American violinist, choral director, and composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Victor Vreuls, Belgian violinist, teacher, and composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 7 Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer (La Catedral), dies at 59
  • Aug 16 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, dies at 28
  • Aug 19 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing; My Life of Music), dies following an illness at 75
  • Aug 23 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Ukrainian composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 3 František Drdla, Czech composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 7 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Jan van Gilse, Dutch composer and resistance fighter, dies at 63
  • Sep 25 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, Alsatian composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 26 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • Oct 16 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 17 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45 (b. 1899)
  • Oct 18 Viktor Ullmann, Austrian pianist, conductor, and composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), murdered in gas chamber at Auschwitz at 46
  • Oct 18 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • Oct 20 Gabriel Grovlez, French pianist, conductor (Opéra de Paris, 1914-34), and composer (L'Almanach aux images), dies at 65
  • Oct 30 Paul Ladmirault, French composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 12 Edgar Stillman Kelley, American composer (Gulliver), dies at 87
  • Nov 12 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), dies at 51
  • Nov 13 Paul Graener, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 14 Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist, dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Johnny Marvin, American jazz, pop, and country ukulele player, singer, and vaudevillian, dies of dengue fever at 47

Glenn Miller

Dec 15 Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), dies in a suspected plane crash at 40

  • Dec 22 Antoine Mariotte, French composer, dies on 69th birthday
  • Dec 24 Joseph Gustav Mraczek, German violinist, conductor, composer (Max und Moritz) and pedagogue, dies at 66
  • Dec 27 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American pianist and composer (Gaelic Symphony), dies at 77