Deaths in Music in 1970

  • Jan 2 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Roberto Gerhard, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 17 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • Jan 17 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 24 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • Jan 31 Slim Harpo, [James Moore], rocker, dies at 28
  • Feb 1 Blaz Arnic, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Andre Souris, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Ethel Leginska, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (b. 1894)
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, composer, dies at 45
  • Mar 16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • Mar 16 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22
  • Mar 20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor, dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • May 3 Candelario Huizar, composer, dies at 82
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American musician (b. 1906)
  • Jun 11 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 16 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Barry Wood, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 61
  • Jul 29 John G B Barbirolli, English conductor/composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Jonel Perlea, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 George Szell, Hungarian/US conductor (Cleveland Orch), dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, Germ composer (Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, dancer, dies at 55
  • Sep 2 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63
  • Sep 3 Al Wilson, "Blind Owl", guitarist/vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

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Sep 18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Sep 23 Bourvil, French actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 25 Efim Golishev, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 1 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 1 Petar Konjovic, composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 2 Alfred Julius Swan, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Anders Bo Leif Linde, composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, composer, dies at 71

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Oct 4 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey, [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • Oct 28 Eduardo Lopez-Chavarri y Marco, composer, dies at 99
  • Nov 6 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and poet (b. 1900)
  • Nov 18 Hal Dickinson, singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • Nov 24 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 Robert Ruthenfranz, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Cyril M Scott, English composer/author (Alchemist), dies at 91