I'm not optimistic I'll get a definite answer here, but I'll give it a shot.
Late 70s...possibly very early 80s...I'm watching the news before Carson came on. The anchor announced that a famous composer had died that day. Being a young musician, I was intrigued by this but the name meant nothing to me and I can't remember it now.
I'm pretty sure he was from Europe, but at that time of my life, I was young and untravelled so the world was pretty much the US and the non-US.
The anchor said the composer was known for his sense of humour and quips, one of which was, when asked about a certain woman, 'I knew her before she was a virgin.'
Not much to go on, I know. Any guesses?