On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1956

  • Jan 3 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/American composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • Jan 9 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, American actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies
  • Feb 4 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 27 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 Gunther Ramin, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 5 Erich Itor Kahn, German composer of Jewish descent, dies at 50
  • Mar 11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16 Joseph John Richards, American composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70

  • Mar 26 Thomas de Hartmann, Russian composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 20 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat mater), dies at 59
  • Apr 20 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 29 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75
  • May 12 Vladimír Ambros, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • May 29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • Jun 4 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 13 Reginald Goss-Custard, British organist, arranger and composer (Chelsea Fayre), dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 26 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • Jul 13 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 14 Jaroslav Řídký, Czech composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 17 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest and songwriter (Under the Snow), dies at 78
  • Jul 26 Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Mexican organist, composer and pedagogue (Tata Vasco; Tres Cartas de México), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Aug 30 Anita Donostia [Jose Antonio de Donostia], Spanish composer, musicologist and priest, dies at 70
  • Sep 6 Felix Borowski, British-American composer, educator (Chicago Musical College, 1896-1925), and musicologist (Chicago Symphony, 1908-56), dies at 84
  • Sep 15 Henry Clough-Leiter, American composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Robert Mills Delaney, American composer, dies at 53

  • Sep 27 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • Oct 6 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • Oct 18 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44
  • Oct 19 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), dies at 62
  • Oct 26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 2 Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 5 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • Nov 7 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40
  • Nov 11 Victor Young, American composer and orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • Nov 22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor, dies in a plane crash at Orly Airport, Paris at 36

Person of interestTommy Dorsey

Nov 26 Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and big band leader (Opus No. 1; I'll Never Smile Again), dies at 51

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey
  • Dec 8 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 9 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 12 Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83