Deaths in Music in 1961

  • Jan 11 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 14 Henry Geehl, English composer, dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer, dies at 49
  • Jan 16 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 21 John Joseph Becker, composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
  • Feb 2 Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 6 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 20 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • Feb 22 Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889)
  • Feb 28 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
  • Mar 3 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 8 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • Mar 19 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 27 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • Apr 2 Wallingford Riegger, US composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • Apr 7 Jesus Guridi, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Yusef Greiss, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 11 Francis de Bourguignon, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 21 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • Apr 29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • May 17 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • May 19 Joe Howard, singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94
  • May 29 Uuno Kalervo Klami, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 6 Scott LaFaro, American musician (b. 1936)
  • Jul 8 Julian Bautista, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 27 Theodore Chanler, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 8 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • Aug 14 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 2 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer, dies at 54
  • Sep 21 Maurice Delage, French composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 23 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • Oct 19 John Axel Fernstrom, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies
  • Nov 26 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, composer, dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Stanislaw Kazuro, Polish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 3 Jekabs Graubins, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 8 William Beatton Moonie, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 16 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 16 Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
  • Dec 24 Guy de Lioncourt, composer, dies at 76