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  • Jan 10th Don Gillis, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 14th Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 18th Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23rd Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • Jan 23rd Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 27th Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 9th Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 27th Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 11th Claude Fran├žois, French singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 12th Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • Mar 13th David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 23rd Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28th Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • Apr 3rd Ray Noble, English bandleader and composer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 4th Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6th Nicolas Nabokov, composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 7th Ernest Kanitz, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 21st Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • May 1st Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • May 16th William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • May 22nd Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 14th Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 9th Aladar Zoltan, composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 10th Michel Gusikoff, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 13th Antonio Veretti, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 27th Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 27th [John] Willem van Otterloo, conductor/composer (Symphonic), dies at 70
  • Jul 28th Jan Willem van Otterloo, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 29th Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 31st Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • Aug 2nd Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 5th Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 7th Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 15th Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20th Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 20th Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 24th Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26th Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 6th Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)

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Sep 7th Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Sep 8th Pancho Vladigerov, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 24th Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • Oct 8th Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 10th Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • Oct 16th Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62

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Oct 23rd Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

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Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • Nov 9th Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 12th Howard Swanson, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 29th Alan Richardson, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 3rd William Grant Still, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12th Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 16th Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17th Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27th Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), dies at 27 in car crash