1954 in Music - Deaths

Deaths

  • January 9 - Eugen Coca, violinist and composer, 60
  • January 11 - Oscar Straus (composer), Viennese operetta composer, 83
  • March 3 - Noel Gay, English songwriter, 55
  • March 11 - Frankie Newton, American trumpeter, 48
  • March 19 - Walter Braunfels, pianist and composer, 71
  • March 27 - Carl Fischer, composer and jazz pianist, 41
  • April 5 - Claude Delvincourt, pianist and composer, 66
  • April 8 - Edwin Grasse, violinist and composer, 69
  • April 9 - Philip Greeley Clapp, pianist and composer, 65
  • April 11 - Paul Specht, violnist and bandleader, 59
  • April 14 - Lil Green, blues singer, 34 (pneumonia)
  • April 17 - Torsten Ralf, operatic tenor, 53
  • May 1 - Arthur Johnston, songwriter, 56
  • May 19 - Charles Ives, composer, 79
  • May 20 - Linda Lee Thomas, socialite and wife of Cole Porter, 70
  • May 31 - Pedro Elías Gutiérrez, musician and composer, 84
  • June 17 - Danny Cedrone, session guitarist (soloist on "Rock Around the Clock"), 33 (fell downstairs)
  • July 16 - Lucien Muratore, operatic tenor and actor, 77
  • August 8 - Phil Ohman, film composer and pianist, 57
  • August 13 - Demetrius Constantine Dounis, violin teacher
  • August 17 - Billy Murray, singer, 77
  • August 24 - Fred Rose, songwriter, music publisher, 56
  • October 24 - Pepito Arriola, pianist, 57
  • October 27 - Franco Alfano, composer and pianist, 79
  • November 11 - J. Rosamond Johnson, composer and singer
  • November 29 - Dink Johnson, jazz musician, 56
  • November 30 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, conductor and composer, 68
  • December 14
    • Papa Celestin, jazz musician, 70
    • Sergei Protopopov, Russian composer and music theorist, 61
  • December 25
    • Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, 25 (shooting accident)
    • Rosario Scalero, violinist, teacher and composer, 84
  • date unknown - Per Reidarson, composer and music critic

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