On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1965

  • Jan 1 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, American soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", dies at 42
  • Jan 25 Staf Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 29 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • Jan 29 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Richard Wurz, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • Feb 14 Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht, French composer/conductor, dies at 84

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Feb 15 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies of cancer at 49

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  • Mar 1 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 3 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58

  • Mar 9 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 25 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 70
  • May 1 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • May 1 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • May 25 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jun 7 Pierre Cardevielle, Fren composer/conductor (L'ile Rouge), dies at 59
  • Jun 8 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65),, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Jun 14 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 18 George Melachrino, English composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 20 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • Jun 28 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, dies at 60
  • Jul 1 Claude Thornhill, composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 17 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 18 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 28 Maurice Yvain, French composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 1 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 2 Milton B Babbitt, American composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • Aug 6 Peter Ronnefeld, German composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), dies at 30

  • Aug 16 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 27 Otto Reinhold, German composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 6 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 9 Julian Antonio Carillo-Trujillo, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Steve Brown, American musician (b. 1890)
  • Sep 16 Ahn Eak-tai, Korean musician, composer, and conductor (b. 1906)
  • Sep 25 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), dies at 79
  • Sep 27 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • Oct 18 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • Oct 21 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42
  • Oct 26 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • Oct 28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52
  • Nov 4 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Friedrich Wildgans, Austrian composer, dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • Nov 27 Carl Parrish, American composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 10 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Hermann Sandby, Danish cellist & composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Tito Schipa [Raffaele Attilio Amedeo Schipa], Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • Dec 21 Claude Champagne, Canadian composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Kusaku Yamada, Japanese composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • Dec 29 Kōsaku Yamada, Japanese composer (Nagauta Symphony), and conductor, dies of a heart attack at 79