On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1962

  • Jan 9 Leroy Shield [Shields], American pianist, composer (Laurel & Hardy; Our Gang; Union Pacific Suite), and orchestra leader, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 12 Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
  • Jan 18 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Fran Lhotka, Czech composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Friedrich-Max "Fritz" Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen), dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • Feb 9 Harriet Ware (Krumbhaar), American concert pianist, composer (Women's Triumphal March; The Rose Is Red; The Varying Shore), and music educator, dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Albert Elkus, American composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 26 Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg, German composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Otakar Jeremias, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 6 Rezső Kókai, Hungarian pianist, composer, musicologist, and pedagogue, dies at 56
  • Mar 16 John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 (John) Jean Goldkette, French jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Mar 30 Jack Purvis, American jazz trumpet player and composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 3 Manolis Kalomiris, Greek opera composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 10 Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish rocker who was the original bassist for the Beatles, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 21
  • Apr 20 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 22 Solomon Pimsleur, French composer, dies at 61
  • May 27 Egon Petri, Dutch classical pianist, dies at 81
  • May 28 Jesse Crawford, American pianist, theatre organist for silent films, and recording artist, dies at 66
  • May 31 Eduardo Toldrà, Spanish Catalan composer and conductor, dies at 67
  • Jun 12 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • Jun 13 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • Jun 18 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Bruckner), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Caspar Neher, Austrian-German set designer and librettist, dies at 65
  • Jul 12 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American band leader ("I'm Sitting On Top Of The World"), and aviator, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Aug 14 June Richmond, American jazz singer (Jimmy Dorsey; Cab Calloway; Andy Kirk - "Hey Lawdy Mama"), dies of a heart attack at 47 [1]
  • Aug 23 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • Aug 24 Henry George Ley, British organist, and choral composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Carlos Lavín, Chilean composer (Lamentaciones Huiliches), and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79
  • Sep 5 Gertrude E. Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden). dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), dies at 64
  • Sep 8 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer ("Mbube" / "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), dies of kidney failure at 52 or 53 [birth date uncertain]
  • Sep 14 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 4 John Lowry, NYC builder (Radio City Music Hall), dies at 79
  • Oct 17 (Henry) "Rubberlegs" Williams, American vaudeville dancer, and blues and jazz singer, dies at 55
  • Oct 28 Pierre Froidebise, Belgian organist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 48
  • Oct 29 Siegfried Salomon, Danish composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Wintter Haynes Watts, American composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Felice Lattuada, Italian composer and educator (Civica Scuola di Musica, Milan, 1935-62), dies at 80
  • Nov 12 Alexander Spitzmüller, Austrian composer, educator, radio broadcaster, and music critic, dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (Wagner), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Harry Barris, American popular singer, scat vocalist, and songwriter ("Mississippi Mud"), dies at 57
  • Dec 20 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, Swedish American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 29 Hans Rosbaud, Austrian conductor (South West German Radio Orchestra, 1948-62), dies at 67