Deaths in Music in 1953

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Jan 1 Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Jan 8 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 12 Simeon Roncal, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • Mar 5 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 Narciso Garay, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 30 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • May 4 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85

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May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 10 Sidney Homer, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 13 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 27 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30 Dimitar Nenov, composer, dies at 51
  • Sep 15 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • Sep 17 Henry Holden Huss, composer, dies at 91
  • Sep 21 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 6 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • Nov 24 George Alexander Russell, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
  • Dec 15 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46