On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1964

  • Jan 1 Otto Olsson, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Colin McPhee, Canadian composer (H2O, Mechanical Principles) and musicologist (Bali), dies at 62
  • Jan 7 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • Jan 15 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • Jan 20 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • Jan 22 Marc Blitzstein, American composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58
  • Jan 23 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • Feb 9 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 1 Sergius Kagen, American pianist & composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • Mar 30 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 18 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, dies at 49
  • May 6 Harold Morris, American pianist and composer, dies at 74

  • May 10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • May 10 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • May 20 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 27
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • Jun 1 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 10 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), dies at 79
  • Jun 18 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, Georgian conductor and composer (Bol’shoy Theatre, 1931-62), dies at 58
  • Jun 27 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 29 Milenko Živković, Yugoslavian composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)
  • Jul 1 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Concert Bldg Orchestra), dies at 89
  • Jul 31 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), dies in air crash at 39
  • Aug 2 José María Castro, Argentine composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter-guitarist (Train Kept A-Rollin', You're Sixteen), drowns at 30
  • Aug 24 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 31 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42
  • Sep 1 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 1 Otto Emanuel Olsson, Swedish organist and composer, dies at 84

  • Sep 3 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 9 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 14 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • Sep 26 Ida Moore, actress (Mr Music, Johnny Belinda), dies at 82
  • Sep 28 George Dyson, English musician and composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 28 Nacio Herb Brown, American composer (Singin' In The Rain), dies at 68
  • Oct 1 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Geographical Fugue), music theorist (Melodielehre), and Pulitzer Prize winner (1956), dies at 76
  • Oct 10 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 10 Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
  • Oct 10 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76

Person of interestCole Porter

Oct 15 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist (Still of the Night), dies at 73

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • Nov 3 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (b. 1905)
  • Nov 5 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 5 (Edwin) "Buddy" Cole, American jazz and session pianist, Hammond organist, orchestra leader, and composer ("Truth Or Consequences"), dies at 47
  • Nov 11 Edward Steuermann, Austrian American composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Albert Hay Malotte, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 20 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, dies at 73
  • Nov 30 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
  • Dec 11 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), shot to death at 33
  • Dec 22 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • Dec 23 Arrigo Pedrollo, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krejčí, Czech composer, dies at 73