On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1967

  • Jan 1 (Aubrey) "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist, songwriter, and singer ("Seven Nights To Rock"), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jan 3 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Vilém Petrželka, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Renato Lunelli, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 29 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 3 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • Feb 16 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • Feb 18 Manuel Palau Boix, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 25 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
  • Mar 3 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 6 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • Mar 6 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), dies at 84
  • Mar 8 Herman "Ivory" Chittison, American jazz pianist (Harlem Rhythm Makers), dies at 58
  • Mar 10 Yiorgos Batis, Greek composer and musician (b. 1885)
  • Mar 11 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • Mar 16 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • Mar 24 Marc Lavry [Levin], Latvian-Israeli composer (Emek; Independence Symphony; Song of Songs], and conductor, dies at 63 [1]
  • Mar 25 Renato Cellini, Italian conductor (b.c.1913)
  • Mar 27 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • Mar 31 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 4 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • Apr 4 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • Apr 17 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Apr 29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38
  • May 4 Bengt Axel von Torne, Finnish composer, dies at 75
  • May 8 Laverne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), dies at 55
  • May 9 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy & composer, dies at 35
  • May 12 Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • May 15 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • May 17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • May 19 Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of heart failure at 43

Langston Hughes

May 22 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

  • May 23 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47
  • May 29 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • May 31 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer ("Take The 'A' Train"), dies of esophageal cancer at 51
  • Jun 8 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 9 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer, dies at 79

John Coltrane

Jul 17 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist & composer ("Blue Train"; "My Favorite Things"; "A Love Supreme"), dies of liver cancer at 40

  • Jul 26 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 79
  • Jul 31 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • Aug 7 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, dies at 75
  • Aug 8 Jaromir Weinberger, Czech-American composer (Czech Rhapsody), dies at 71
  • Aug 10 John Francis Larchet, composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, dies at 67

Brian Epstein

Aug 27 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 32

  • Sep 15 Hans Haug, Swiss classical composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 20 Henri Mulet, French organist, cellist, and composer (Carillon-Sortie; Esquisses Byzantines), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist & composer ("It's Wonderful"), dies at 58
  • Oct 2 Albertina Rasch, Austrian-born American ballerina and choreographer, dies at 76
  • Oct 3 [Woodrow Wilson] Woody Guthrie, American folk singer ("This Land Is Your Land"), dies of Huntington's disease at 55
  • Oct 3 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Last Night of Proms), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 7 Juan Tomas Perez, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 10 Ida Cox (nee Prather), American blues singer and vaudeville performer, dies at 79, 73, or 71 [year of birth disputed]
  • Nov 11 Harry Seymour, American composer, actor (Tenderfoot), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Nov 13 Pierre Moulaert, Belgian composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 13 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, dies at 71
  • Nov 22 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Ettore Panizza, Argentinian composer and conductor, dies at 92
  • Dec 8 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • Dec 10 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Carl Cunningham, American drummer (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), killed in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 19
  • Dec 10 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18

Otis Redding

Dec 10 Otis Redding, American soul singer-songwriter ("(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"; "Respect"), dies in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 26

  • Dec 10 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • Dec 10 Ron Caldwell, American soul and R&B keyboardist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 18
  • Dec 11 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), dies at 75
  • Dec 23 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 29 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue"; Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), dies of heart failure at 38