On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 1953

  • May 4 T. Tertius Noble, English composer, dies at 85

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

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, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 73
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • May 26 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, dies at 64
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67