Deaths in Music in 1966

  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • Feb 6 Johan Algot Haquinius, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Janis Medins, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Mar 15 Heinrich Lemacher, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 29 Harry Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers), dies at 50
  • Apr 30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • May 4 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • May 9 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 1 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (b. 1873)
  • Jun 6 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
  • Jun 12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor/music publisher, dies at 74
  • Jun 19 Marjan Kozina, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 29 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 3 Andre Gailhard, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Joseph Deems Taylor, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 17 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71
  • Jul 18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • Jul 18 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, singer/actor (Pajama Game), dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Pal Jardanyi, composer, dies at 44
  • Aug 1 Bud Powell, US jazz pianist/composer, dies
  • Aug 9 Gosta Nystroem, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 22 Apolinary Szeluto, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Luigi Perrachio, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • Sep 18 Fernand Lamy, composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 18 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 28 Lucky Millinder, bandleader/singer, dies
  • Oct 7 Johnny Kidd, rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Oct 7 Smiley Lewis, [Overton Amos Lemons], rocker, dies at 46
  • Oct 12 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 14 Arcady Dubensky, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • Oct 26 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Nov 2 Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • Nov 3 Eric Spear, British composer for film and TV (Coronation Street theme)
  • Nov 12 Quincy Porter, US composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 18 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 26 Harold Burrage, US singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35
  • Nov 28 Vittorio Giannini, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Hermann Heiss, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 9 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Boris Koutzen, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 17 Gustaf Paulson, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Gaspar Cassado Moreu, composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75