On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1975

  • Jan 3 Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • Jan 8 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • Jan 16 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cin Symph 1958), dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 26 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 3 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76

Person of interestLouis Jordan

Feb 4 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • Feb 13 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • Feb 19 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Feb 28 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 83

  • Mar 2 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 11 Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

Mar 16 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • Mar 21 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 24 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 27 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), dies following a long illness at 63
  • Mar 28 Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77

Person of interestJosephine Baker

Apr 12 Josephine Baker, American French revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies at 68

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • Apr 13 Larry Parks, American actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • Apr 21 Jack Westrup, English composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 24 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • Apr 25 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • May 13 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American musician ('King of Western Swing', Steel Guitar Rag), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • May 18 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • May 20 Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 1 Dennis Cowan, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), dies at 28
  • Jun 9 David Frederick Barlow, composer, dies at 48

  • Jun 11 Floro Manuel Ugarte, Argentine composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 16 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, dies at 71
  • Jun 20 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 29 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • Jul 5 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Madan Mohan, Hindi Film's Melodious Music director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 18 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 26 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (b. 1920)
  • Sep 10 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Walter Herbert, German conductor and impresario (b. 1902)
  • Sep 22 Franz Salmhofer, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 1 Al Jackson, rock drummer (Booker T & The MG's), dies at 39
  • Oct 8 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • Oct 29 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • Oct 31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 1 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 1 Philip James, American composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, American columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Dec 20 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 31 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47