Deaths in Music in 1960

  • Jan 7 Luis da Costa, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 5 Rudolf Nelson, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 6 Jesse Belvin, rocker, dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Feb 9 Ernst von Dohnanyi, US composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 22 Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • Feb 24 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 4 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60), dies on stage at 48
  • Mar 27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • Mar 30 Joseph Haas, German opera composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Mar 31 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Arthur Benjamin, Austral composer/pianist (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • Apr 17 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • Apr 25 Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92
  • May 5 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • May 6 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • May 8 Hugo Alfven, Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88
  • May 12 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 14 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, composer, dies at 57
  • Jun 30 Clarence Cameron White, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, baritone, dies after surgery at 63
  • Jul 24 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 31 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 7 Vaino Hannikainen, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 20 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 26 Mark Hambourg, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Anton Lajovic, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 3 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • Sep 9 Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (b. 1911)
  • Sep 13 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), dies at 75
  • Sep 17 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 20 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 24 Matyas Seiber, composer, dies at 55
  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 19 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • Oct 25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • Nov 2 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek/US conductor/composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 5 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), dies in a car accident at 33
  • Nov 7 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69
  • Nov 10 Isadore Freed, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 1 Ion Vasilescu, composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Hermann Stephani, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • Dec 31 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70