9. Richard Rodgers (tie) (of Rodgers & Hammerstein)
Died: Dec. 30, 1979
Cause: Chronic illness
With Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s catalog no longer owned by the estates, the New York composer and playwright’s dividends come from solo works and approximately 550 more with Lorenz Hart. Popular Rodgers & Hartz works include Blue Moon and This Can’t Be Love.