Deaths in Music in 1965

  • Jan 1 Juan Bautista Plaza-Alfonzo, composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • Jan 25 Staf Gustaf Frans Nees, composer, dies at 63
  • Jan 25 Staff Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 29 Michael Spisak, composer, dies at 50
  • 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 Vomacka, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 3 Carlo Gatti, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 6 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 9 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 25 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Aaron Avshalomov, composer, dies at 70
  • May 1 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 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 14 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 18 George Melachrino, composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 20 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • Jun 28 Red Nichols, American musician (b. 1905)
  • Jul 1 Claude Thornhill, composer, dies at 55
  • Jul 3 Clarence Loomis, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 17 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 18 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 28 Maurice Yvain, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 1 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 2 Milton B Babbitt, US composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • Aug 6 Peter Ronnefeld, composer, dies at 30
  • Aug 16 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 27 Otto Reinhold, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 3 Otto Lederer, Austrian actor (The Jazz Singer), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Konstantin Mostras, 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 27 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, 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, singer/actress (Promises Promises), dies of OD at 42
  • Oct 28 Earl Bostic, American saxophonist (b. 1913)
  • Nov 4 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Edgard Varèse, French-born composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 7 Friedrich Wildgans, composer, dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • Nov 27 Carl Parrish, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 10 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Tito Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (La Rondine), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Tito [Raffaele A] Schipa, Italian tenor/composer (Rondine), dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 29 Kusaku Yamada, composer, dies at 79