Deaths in Music in 1973

  • Jan 11 Rudolf Kubin, composer, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • Jan 15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • Jan 26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 29 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 3 Edward Lockspeiser, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Benjamin Frankel, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), dies at 80
  • Feb 27 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 5 Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • Mar 5 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • Mar 6 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • Mar 12 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 18 Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Antoni Szalowski, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 26 Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/musicologist, dies at 67
  • Mar 27 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 31 Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 2 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor
  • Apr 7 Nick Stuart, bandleader, dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 29 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer/conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • Jun 8 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 13 Alvin Derold Etler, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 13 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Fritz Mahler, composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 22 Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 26 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 1 Mario La Broca, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 3 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
  • Jul 11 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Martian Negrea, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds), killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • Jul 23 Marius-Francois Gaillard, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • Jul 30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • Aug 1 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 4 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Paul Williams, American musician (The Temptations), commits suicide at 32
  • Aug 17 Jean Barraqu√©, French composer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 24 Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 6 William H Harris, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 12 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77

  • Sep 15 Victor Jara, Chilean musician (b. 1941)
  • Sep 17 Hugo Winterhalter, composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 19 Gram Parsons, rocker (Byrds), dies of OD at 26
  • Sep 20 Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist, dies
  • Sep 20 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Sep 23 Manuel Borguno, composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 6 Arnold Maria Walter, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 16 Gene Krupa, US swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defill√≥], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • Oct 29 Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Stringbean, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • Nov 11 Stringbean, [David Akeman], banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • Nov 13 Bruno Maderna, Italian composer/conductor (Satyricon), dies at 53
  • Nov 26 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), electrocuted at 31
  • Nov 27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1887)
  • Dec 3 Emile Christian, American musician (b. 1895)
  • Dec 6 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 14 Yitzhak Edel, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 15 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 17 Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Giulio Cesare Brero, composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 20 Bobby Darin, singer (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37
  • Dec 22 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 30 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101