Deaths in Music in 1969

  • Jan 4 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 9 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • Jan 16 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Jan 17 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 23 Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Pauline Hall, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • Jan 27 Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 31 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Joseph Messner, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader & entertainer (b. 1889)
  • Apr 8 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 11 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
  • Apr 28 Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70
  • May 3 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • Jun 13 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53

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Jun 22 Judy Garland, American singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

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  • Jun 27 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • Jun 29 Vesselin Stoyanov, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 3 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • Jul 3 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 7 Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 20 Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • Jul 25 Douglas Stuart Moore, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 28 Ernst Tittel, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 18 Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 31 Ottmar Gerster, composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 1 William Flanagan, composer, dies at 46
  • Sep 5 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • Sep 5 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 18 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 3 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 30 Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, composer, dies at 55
  • Nov 4 Ferenc Szabo, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 12 Louis van Tulder, tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • Nov 18 Leon Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 18 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • Nov 22 Acario Cotapos, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • Dec 4 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 10 Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni,Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69