Deaths in Music in 1981

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  • Jan 1st Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2nd David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • Jan 7th Jose Ardevol, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 9th Kazimierz Serocki, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 23rd Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jan 23rd Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Jan 29th Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • Feb 1st Ernst Pepping, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 1st Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 6th Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 9th Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • Feb 15th Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • Feb 15th Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 15th Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • Feb 19th Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 26th Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Mar 4th Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Mar 7th Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin, Russian conductor/composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 1st Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • Apr 5th Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Apr 7th Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • Apr 12th Hans Chemin-Petit, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 12th Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88
  • Apr 19th Ernst Levy, composer, dies at 85
  • May 7th Mieczyslaw Kolinski, composer, dies at 79

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

May 11th Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • May 13th Carl Weinrich, composer, dies at 76
  • May 16th Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • May 17th Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • May 25th Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • May 25th Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • May 28th Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC
  • Jun 21st Gunnar Ek, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • Jun 23rd Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jun 26th Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • Jun 28th Peter Paul Kreuder, German composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 5th Jorge Urrutia Blondel, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 9th Oscar van Hemel, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 16th Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • Jul 19th Louis Cheslock, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 19th Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 26th Donald Lybbert, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 27th Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • Aug 1st Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 14th Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
  • Aug 17th Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • Aug 21st Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 26th Lee Hays, rocker, dies of a heart attack
  • Aug 27th Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • Sep 6th Joseph Yasser, composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 14th Yasuji Kiyose, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14th [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • Sep 21st Tony Aubin, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 22nd Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • Oct 2nd Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer/pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 5th Jud Strunk, singer/comedian (Laugh-In), dies at 48
  • Oct 7th Wouter Paap, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 14th Ingemar Liljefors, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 17th David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 17th Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • Nov 27th Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29th Natalie Wood, American actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • Dec 2nd Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 9th Sonny Til, American rocker (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 13th Cornelius Cardew, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 27th Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82
  • Dec 31st Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60