Deaths in Music in 1963

  • 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 composer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • Mar 5 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41

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Mar 5 Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • Mar 5 Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Alec A Templeton, composer/pianist (Alec Templeton Time), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 12 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, 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, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 8 Sandor Jemnitz, 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, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • Sep 3 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 30 Arnold Foster, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 9 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer, dies at 85

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Oct 11 Édith Piaf, French singer (No, I don't regret anything), 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, composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch), dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • Nov 26 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano, dies
  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, 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, singer, 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
  • Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68