Musicians Who Died in 1960

  • Jan 7 Luiz Costa, Portuguese pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 24 Edwin Fischer, Swiss concert pianist and conductor, dies at 73
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • Feb 5 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 6 Jesse Belvin, American pop singer, piano player (Mr. Easy), and songwriter (Earth Angel), dies in a car crash after a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas at 27
  • Feb 9 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • Feb 22 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch organist, composer and choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • Feb 24 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 4 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • Mar 27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • Mar 30 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich; Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • Apr 17 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), dies in a English taxi-car crash at 21
  • Apr 25 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish 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 Alfvén, Swedish violinist, conductor, and composer (Midsommarvaka - Midsummer Vigil), dies at 88
  • May 12 (Cecil) Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies of pneumonia at 70
  • Jun 14 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • Jun 30 Clarence Cameron White, American concert violinist, and composer (Elegy; Ouanga!), dies from cancer at 79
  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator, dies at 86
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1923-50), 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 23 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Mark Hambourg, Russian-British composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Anton Lajovic, Slovenian 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 operatic tenor, dies from cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) complications at 49
  • Sep 12 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 62
  • Sep 13 Leó Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), and music educator (Budapest Academy of Music, 1912-60), dies at 75
  • Sep 16 José Sancho Marraco, Spanish composer, organist and chapel master (Cathedral of Barcelona, 1923-57, dies at 81
  • Sep 20 Michel Brusselmans, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 24 Mátyás Seiber, Hungarian-British classical and jazz composer (Scherzando), dies at 55
  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 19 Günter 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, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • Nov 2 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek-American pianist, conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1937-49; New York Philharmonic, 1949-58), and composer, dies of heart failure 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, Belarusian-American composer, pedagogue, and musicologist (Harmonizing the Jewish Modes), dies at 60
  • Dec 1 Ion Vasilescu, Romanian composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Hermann Stephani, German organist, and musicologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 7 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • Dec 31 Semyon Semyonovich Bogatiryov, composer, dies at 70