On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1972

  • Jan 1 Jane Morgan, American singer & actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • Jan 1 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor & singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 7 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist
  • 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 18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35

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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, Czech composer and pedagogue, dies at 81
  • Jan 31 Howard Barlow, American 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, English composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • Feb 23 Michael Taube, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 1 Victor Babin, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 5 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 18 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), dies at 58
  • Mar 27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • Apr 3 Ferde Grofé American composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • Apr 12 Henri Potiron, French composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 26 Margaret Bonds, American composer & pianist, dies at 59
  • Apr 27 Phil King, English musician (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • May 3 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 5 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • May 16 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Eero Sipilä, Finnish composer, dies at 53
  • May 18 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician & songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • May 29 Margaret Ruthven Lang, American composer (Irish Love Song), dies at 104
  • 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, American blues pianist and singer, known as"Mr. Five By Five", dies at 70
  • Jun 13 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
  • Jun 21 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), 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, Italian 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 Bořkovec, Czech composer (Suite for Piano), 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, American rock vocalist and bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • Aug 2 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 9 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, dies at 45
  • Aug 15 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 16 John Barnes Chance, American composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 23 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, 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 Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, Polish French composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer (Dusty Rag), dies at 84
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish composer, one of "The Turkish Five" (Köçekçe - Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra), dies from a stroke at 66
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • Sep 28 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], Brirish rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 34
  • Sep 28 Maurice Thiriet, French 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, Colombian born American rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • Nov 11 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • Nov 12 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), dies at 92
  • Nov 16 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 18 Danny Whitten, American Guitarist and songwrite (Crazy Horse), dies of a drug overdose at 29
  • 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, American composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies at 52
  • Nov 28 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 28 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • Nov 29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), 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, German composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 29 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83