On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1974

  • Jan 2 (Woodward) "Tex" Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, "Wayward Wind"), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jan 4 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Lev Oborin, Russian-Soviet pianist (winner of 1st International Chopin Competition, 1927), composer and pedagogue, dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Karel Salmon [Karl Salomon], Israeli operatic bass-baritone singer, composer, and conductor, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), dies at 80
  • Feb 15 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, dies at 79
  • Feb 25 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), dies at 67
  • Mar 1 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), dies of cirrhosis, at 38
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 4 Mihail Andricu, Romanian pianist, composer, violinist, and music professor (Bucharest Conservatory, 1926-59), dies at 79
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 10 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dorothy Fields, American singer (The Way You Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, dies in a car accident at 32
  • Apr 1 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), dies at 71
  • Apr 14 Al Morgan, American jazz double-bassist (Cab Calloway; Fats Waller; Louis Jordan), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter ("Malinconia d'amore"), dies at 68
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, American composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • May 4 Israel Citkowitz, Polish-American composer (The Lambs), and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • May 4 Geraldo [Gerald Walcan Bright], British "sweet music" dance band leader (Gaucho Tango Orchestra), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • May 8 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • May 9 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 69
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82

Duke Ellington

May 24 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), dies of cancer at 75

  • Jun 14 Knud Jeppesen, Danish organist, composer, educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1920-47; Aarhus University, 1946-57), and musicologist (La frottola), dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • Jul 6 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 8 Morris "Moose" Charlap, American Broadway composer (Peter Pan; Kelly), dies at 45
  • Jul 27 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Nothing But The Devil"; "Bad Luck And Trouble"), dies of stomach cancer at 61
  • Jul 29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas - "California Dreaming"), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • Jul 30 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 6 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist ("The Happy Blues"), dies of bone cancer at 49
  • Aug 9 Bill Chase, American jazz-rock trumpet player and bandleader (Chase), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Aug 11 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 (Harold) "Tina" Brooks, American hard-bop jazz saxophonist, and composer ("True Blue"), dies of liver failure at 42
  • Aug 20 Ilona Massey [Hajmássy], Hungarian-American film, stage, and radio actress and singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies of cancer at 64
  • Sep 3 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, dies at 55
  • Sep 20 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • Oct 8 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, American composer, conductor (Boston Civic Symphony, 1925 to 44), and teacher, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, dies at 73
  • Oct 13 Josef Krips, Austrian conductor (London Symphony, 1950-54; Buffalo Philharmonic, 1954-63; San Francisco Symphony, 1964-70), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 24 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • Nov 8 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer, piano player, and songwriter ("Since I Met You Baby"), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Nov 9 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher and musicologist, dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Alfonso Leng, Chilean dentist and composer (Doloras), dies at 90
  • Nov 19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Nov 21 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Dec 4 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), dies at 62
  • Dec 9 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Erich Walter Sternberg, German-Israeli composer (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 83
  • Dec 20 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France, Mana), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59
  • Dec 26 Knudåge Riisager, Danish composer (director of the Royal Danish Academy of Music 1956-67), dies at 77