Deaths in Music in 1955

  • Jan 4 Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Francois Rasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • Mar 16 Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer, dies at 68
  • May 2 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • May 4 Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • May 17 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • May 31 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • Jun 1 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 18 Walter Rein, German composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 18 Willy Burkhard, composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 6 Paolo Gallico, composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 7 Franco Casavola, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 17 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Ilmari Hannikainen, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 5 Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • Aug 9 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Kattnigg, composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 15 Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • Oct 20 Eino Roiha, Finnish composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 26 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 17 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • Nov 22 Guy Ropartz [Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz], French composer, dies at 91 (b. 1864)
  • Nov 27 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Nov 27 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 30 Josip Slavenski, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 3 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • Dec 8 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • Dec 11 Franz Adolf Syberg, composer, dies at 51