Deaths in Music in 1980

  • Jan 2 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 7 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian conductor, dies at 78
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 30 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • Feb 7 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 8 Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 14 Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 17 Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • Feb 19 Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC), dies at 33
  • Mar 1 John Jacob Niles, composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 13 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 17 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 25 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)

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Apr 22 Jane Froman, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

Singer Jane Froman
Singer
Jane Froman
  • Apr 28 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • May 14 Wilhelm Weismann, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 30 Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment
  • Jun 8 Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • Jun 20 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 28 Yoshiro Irino, composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (b. 1895)
  • Jul 5 Archibald James Potter, composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Henri Martelli, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 28 Cecil Burleigh, composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 29 Jan Tausinger, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Norman Lloyd, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 31 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • Aug 18 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • Sep 2 William Douglas Denny, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 11 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • Sep 21 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 25 John Bonham, English pop drummer (Led Zeppelin), overdoses at 32
  • Oct 27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Nov 12 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • Dec 7 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22

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Dec 8 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Dec 24 Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer of The Nordstrom Sisters (b. 1893)
  • Dec 25 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • Dec 29 Tim Hardin, American singer (Bird on a Wire), dies of a drug overdose at 39