On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1963

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 16 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethno-musicologist and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, dies at 48
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), dies at 83
  • Feb 28 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Mar 5 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41

Person of interestPatsy Cline

Mar 5 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • Mar 5 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49
  • Mar 10 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52

  • Mar 30 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43
  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 12 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, dies at 69
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • Jul 4 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 5 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 29 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 8 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, American arranger & orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies of cancer at 50
  • Sep 3 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79

  • Sep 30 Arnold Foster, English composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer, dies at 85

Person of interestEdith Piaf

Oct 10 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French singer (No, I Don't Regret Anything; Le Vie En Rose), dies of liver cancer at 47

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Oct 18 Claudio Carneyro, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 25 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 29 Michael Holliday [Norman Milne], British pop singer ("The Story of My Life"), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 38
  • Nov 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 15 Fritz Reiner, Hungarian-American conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1953-63), dies of pneumonia at 74 [1]
  • Nov 19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • Nov 26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), dies at 81
  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 13 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 14 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 18 Winifried P I Zillig, German composer/conductor (Opfer), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54

Person of interestPaul Hindemith

Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68

Composer Paul Hindemith
Composer
Paul Hindemith