Deaths in Music in 1974

  • Jan 2 Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
  • Jan 4 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Roy Bargy, orchestra leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Karel Salmon, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 26 Wiktor Labunski, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Jean Absil, Belgian composer (Benedictions), dies at 80
  • Feb 4 Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 15 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 David Monrad Johansen, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Harry Ruby, American composer and writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 1 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 10 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dorothy Fields, US singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of heart attack at 68
  • Apr 1 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • May 4 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • May 8 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • May 9 Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69

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May 24 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
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  • May 25 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • Jun 14 Knud Christian Jeppesen, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 22 Darius Milhaud, French composer (b. 1892)
  • Jul 6 Carlos Isamitt, composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 27 Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
  • Jul 29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, singer (Mamas & Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • Jul 30 Lev Konstantinovich Knipper, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 9 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • Aug 10 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 11 Vicente Emilio Sojo, composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Harry Partch, American composer (b. 1901)
  • Sep 9 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 20 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Robbie Mcintosh, drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 24 David Oistrach, Russian violinist, dies at 65
  • Nov 8 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter, dies at 60
  • Nov 9 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist, dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Alfonso Leng, composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Nov 21 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Pall Isolfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Nick Drake, rocker, dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Dec 2 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 9 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 20 Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 26 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Farid al-Atrash, Arab composer, singer, virtuoso oud player, and actor (b. 1915)