Deaths in Music in 1972

  • Jan 1 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Carl-Olof Anderberg, composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 7 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist
  • Jan 9 Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
  • Jan 10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52
  • Jan 17 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Michael Rabin, American violinist (b. 1936)

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Jan 27 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

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  • Jan 30 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 31 Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • Jan 31 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 8 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • Feb 14 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • Feb 17 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • Feb 23 Michael Taube, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 27 Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • Mar 1 Victor Babin, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 5 Nils Bjorkander, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 27 Sharkey Bonano, American musician (b. 1904)
  • Apr 3 Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Ferde Grofe, US composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • Apr 12 Henri Potiron, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 26 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • Apr 27 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • May 3 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 5 Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • May 16 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • May 30 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • Jun 2 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • Jun 13 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
  • Jun 21 Seth Bingham, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • Jul 3 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • Jul 16 Giorgio Nataletti, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 22 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 22 Pavel Borkovek, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • Jul 28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • Aug 2 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29

  • Aug 2 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • Aug 9 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist , dies at 45
  • Aug 15 Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 16 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 23 Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Aug 25 Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Lale [Liselotte H] Anderson, German night club performer/singer, dies
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • Sep 27 Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide
  • Sep 28 Maurice Thiriet, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 14 Joseph Kaminski, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 17 Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • Oct 30 Alan Roth, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 68
  • Nov 6 Billy Murcia, rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • Nov 11 Berry Oakley, American rocker (Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • Nov 12 Rudolf Friml, Czech/US composer (Bohemian suite), dies at 92
  • Nov 16 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 18 Danny Whitten, rocker, dies of a drug overdose
  • Nov 18 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 21 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • Nov 24 Hall Overton, US composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies at 52
  • Nov 28 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 28 Havergal Brian, composer, dies at 96
  • Nov 29 Carl Stalling, American film composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Kubiniana, Requiem), dies at 71
  • Nov 30 Valentin Ruiz Azner, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 2 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • Dec 3 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • Dec 5 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • Dec 15 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Erwin Dressel, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 29 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83