On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1955

  • Jan 4 Dominicus Johner, German composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Francois Rasse, Belgian composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Charles Cuvillier, French composer of operetta (The Naughty Princess), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, dies of a heart attack at 52

Charlie "Bird" Parker

Mar 12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology) and composer, dies of pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer 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, Polish composer and conductor, dies at 66
  • May 4 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), dies at 73
  • May 17 Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer, dies at 75
  • May 25 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 34
  • May 31 Raoul Gunsbourg, French composer, impresario and opera director (Opéra de Monte-Carlo, 1892-1951), dies at 95
  • Jun 1 F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • Jun 18 Walter Rein, German composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 18 Willy Burkhard, Swiss composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 6 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), dies at 87
  • Jul 7 Franco Casavola, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 17 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Ilmari Hannikainen, Finnish composer, drowns during a sailing trip at 62
  • Jul 25 Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Soviet operetta and film composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 5 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and actress (Down Argentine Way), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Aug 9 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, dies at 57
  • Aug 28 Bob Gordon, American cool jazz baritone saxophonist, dies in a car accident at 27
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 15 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis 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 pianist and jazz composer (Charleston), dies at 64
  • Nov 22 Guy Ropartz, French composer, dies at 91 (b. 1864)

Arthur Honegger

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, Croatian composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 3 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, dies of hardening of the arteries at 61
  • Dec 8 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), dies at 69
  • Dec 11 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51