On This Day

Musicians Who Died in May 1967

  • 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

Person of interestLangston Hughes

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

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • 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