1964 in Music

Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 117

  • Jan 3 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"
  • Jan 6 Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
  • Jan 10 "Introducing the Beatles" released 1st Beatles album released in the US
  • Jan 11 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • Jan 11 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • Jan 16 "Hello, Dolly!" opens at St James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances
  • Jan 18 The Beatles make their first appearance on US Billboard Chart with single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #45
  • Jan 20 "Meet The Beatles" album released in US
  • Jan 25 The Beatles get their first US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
  • Jan 29 Beatles record in German "Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand" & "Sie Liebt Dich"
  • Feb 1 "Stop the World, I Want to..." closes at Shubert NYC after 556 performances
  • Feb 1 The Beatles' 1st #1 hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," topped the Hot 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by "She Loves You"
  • Feb 3 "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold
  • Feb 6 "Rugantino" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Feb 7 Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • Feb 7 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 9 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
  • Feb 11 Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
  • Feb 12 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
  • Feb 15 Beatles' "Meet the Beatles!" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Feb 16 "Foxy" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Feb 16 Beatles' 2nd appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"
  • Feb 19 UK flies ½ ton of The Beatles wigs to the US
  • Feb 21 UK flies 24,000 rolls of Beatles wallpaper to US
  • Feb 22 Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit
  • Feb 27 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 performances
  • Feb 29 "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Mar 2 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", Harrison meets Patti Boyd
  • Mar 12 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Streisand wins 2
  • Mar 14 "Girl Who Came to Supper" closes at Broadway NYC after 112 performances
  • Mar 21 Beatles' single "She Loves You" goes #1 in the US & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Mar 21 9th Eurovision Song Contest: Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy wins singing "Non ho l'eta" in Copenhagen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 26 "Funny Girl" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1,348 performances

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Apr 1 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Apr 3 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts
  • Apr 4 "Anyone Can Whistle" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Apr 4 Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Apr 11 "Anyone Can Whistle" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Apr 17 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Apr 17 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 375 performances
  • Apr 18 "Cafe Crown" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Apr 18 "Foxy" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 19 Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma" premieres in West Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

  • Apr 27 John Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in US
  • May 2 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 9 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • May 24 Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
  • May 26 "Fade Out-Fade In" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 199 performances
  • May 30 "Beyond the Fringe" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 673 performances

  • May 30 Beatles 1961 record of "Cry for a Shadow" is #1 in Australia
  • May 30 The Beatles' "Love Me Do" single goes #1 in the United States
  • Jun 2 "Folies Bergère" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Jun 3 Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)
  • Jun 4 Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Davie Jones & King Bees debut "I Can't Help Thinking About Me"; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jun 6 The Beatles arrive in Netherlands
  • Jun 7 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam
  • Jun 8 "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)", recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released
  • Jun 10 Rolling Stones record their 12x5 album at Chess Studios in Chicago
  • Jun 11 Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference
  • Jun 11 Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend

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Jun 19 Bob Dylan completes UK tour

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jun 25 WMCA (NYC) plays Beatles' Hard Days Night Album (10 days prior to its scheduled release date), they decide to release it June 26th
  • Jun 27 "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jul 2 Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 4 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1
  • Jul 6 Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London
  • Jul 10 The Beatles release "A Hard Day's Night", their 3rd studio album
  • Jul 25 "Here's Love" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 338 performances
  • Jul 25 Beatles' album "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1, stays #1 for 14 weeks
  • Jul 31 Rolling Stone concert in Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot
  • Aug 1 Beatles' single "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Aug 5 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
  • Aug 8 "110 in the Shade" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 330 performances
  • Aug 8 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam
  • Aug 8 Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert
  • Aug 9 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands
  • Aug 11 Beatles' "A Hard Days Night" opens in NYC
  • Aug 18 Beatles arrive in San Francisco, 2nd US visit
  • Aug 29 "Funny Thing Happened" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 29 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Sep 10 Rod Steward records his 1st single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"

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Sep 11 George Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Sep 15 Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland
  • Sep 17 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Mickey Mantle gets hits #1999, 2000 & 2001 & his 450th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 17 Supremes release "Baby Love"
  • Sep 20 Paramount Theater (NYC) presented the Beatles with Steve & Eydie
  • Sep 22 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 3242 performances
  • Sep 30 "Oh What a Lovely War" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 125 performances
  • Oct 6 "Cambridge Circus" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Oct 20 "Golden Boy" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Oct 20 Riot at Rolling Stones show in Paris (150 arrested)
  • Oct 22 EMI rejects audition by "High Numbers"; they go on to become The Who
  • Oct 24 "Cambridge Circus" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Oct 25 Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan for the 1st time
  • Oct 27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" opens at Lunt Fontanne NYC for 215 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 155

  • Jan 5 Ted Harris Poley, rocker (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jan 6 Mark O'Toole, bassist/drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • Jan 6 Yuri, Mexican actress and singer
  • Jan 10 Brad Roberts, Canadian singer (Crash Test Dummies)
  • Jan 15 Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
  • Jan 19 Ricardo Arjona, Guatemalan singer
  • Jan 27 Migi, [Miguel Drummond, pop musician (Curiosity Killed Cat)
  • Jan 29 Roddy Frame, rock vocalist/guitarist (Aztec Camera-Stray)
  • Jan 31 Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 1 Jani Lane, [John Kennedy Oswald] heavy metal musician and singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • Feb 1 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician
  • Feb 1 Mario Pelchat, Quebec singer
  • Feb 4 Noodles, American guitarist (The Offspring)
  • Feb 5 Alexia, Cypriot singer
  • Feb 5 Duff McKagan [Michael Andrew], American bassist (Guns N' Roses), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Feb 6 Skip Ewing, Redlands California, country vocalist (Coast of Colorado)
  • Feb 6 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), born in Amherstview, Ontario
  • Feb 6 Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Feb 9 Rachel Bolan [James Southworth], American musician and songwriter (Skid Row), born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), born in Stourbridge, West Midlands (d. 1993)
  • Feb 18 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • Feb 19 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Feb 20 Terry Ilous, rock vocalist (XYZ, Cannibal Jacket) [or Jun 28]
  • Feb 23 John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway
  • Feb 27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 29 Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
  • Mar 1 Jennifer McCarters, Sevierville Tn, singer (McCarters-The Gift)
  • Mar 1 Clinton Gregory, Martinsville, Virginia, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter (Play, Ruby, Play)
  • Mar 3 Duncan Phillips, Australian drummer (Newsboys)
  • Mar 6 Reniet Vrieze, rock singer/guitarist (Pilgrims-White Men)
  • Mar 6 Madonna Wayne Gacy, American musician
  • Mar 8 Peter [Ped] Gill, English drummer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, born in Liverpool
  • Mar 10 Neneh Cherry, Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper (Money Love), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 12 Tony Terry, rock producer (Tony Terry)
  • Mar 15 Rockwell, [Kennedy Gordy], Det MI, rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me)
  • Mar 16 Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter
  • Mar 18 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • Mar 18 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • Mar 19 Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
  • Mar 20 Natacha Atlas, Belgian singer
  • Mar 26 Baz Warne, English Guitarist (The Stranglers)
  • Mar 30 Tracy Chapman, US singer/songwriter (Freedom Now, I Got a Fast Car)
  • Mar 31 Erik Turner, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Apr 4 Robbie Rist, American actor (Oliver-Brady Bunch) and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 5 Christopher "Kid" Reid, American rapper (Kid 'n Play)
  • Apr 6 Johnny Dee [DiTeodoro], American heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox-Boys in Heat, King Kobra), born in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 8 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • Apr 9 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician
  • Apr 10 Reni [Alan John Wren], English pop drummer (Stone Roses-Fools Gold), born in Manchester, England
  • Apr 10 Felicia Collins, American guitarist (David Letterman), born in Albany, New York
  • Apr 11 Steve Azar, American singer and songwriter, born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • Apr 11 Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist and musician, born in Colorado Springs
  • Apr 12 Amy Ray, American singer and songwriter (Indigo Girls), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Apr 13 Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
  • Apr 16 Dave Pirner, rocker (Soul Asylum)
  • Apr 17 Maynard James Keenan, American singer (Tool and A Perfect Circle)
  • Apr 18 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material issue) (d. 1996)
  • Apr 18 Mark Berry, aka Bez, Dancer in Happy Mondays
  • Apr 23 Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
  • Apr 25 Andy Bell, rocker (Erasure-Oh L'Amour)
  • Apr 28 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese composer
  • Apr 30 Barrington Levy, Jamaican musician
  • May 5 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • May 8 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • May 9 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • May 16 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist (Dave Matthews Band)

Person of interestLenny Kravitz

May 26 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz
  • May 28 Phil Vassar, American country music singer
  • May 30 Wynonna, [Christina Judd], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)

Person of interestTom Morello

May 30 Tom Morello, American guitarist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in NYC, New York

Guitarist Tom Morello
Guitarist
Tom Morello
  • May 31 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, American Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in New York City
  • May 31 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York
  • Jun 3 Kerry King, American musician (Slayer)
  • Jun 3 Doro Pesch, German singer
  • Jun 4 Chris Kavanagh, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Jun 4 Eva Fampas, Greek guitarist
  • Jun 5 Mags, rocker (Fuzzbox-Into Rescue)
  • Jun 5 Karl Sanders, American musician (Nile)
  • Jun 6 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 9 Hiroko Yakushimaru, Japanese actress and singer
  • Jun 10 Jimmy Chamberlin, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Jun 13 Christian Wilhelm Berger, Romanian composer
  • Jun 19 Brian Vander Ark, American musician
  • Jun 22 Kevin Sargeant, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymm)
  • Jun 22 Mike Edwards, British rock vocalist (Jesus Jones-Devil you Know)
  • Jun 22 Tommy Cunningham, rocker (Wet Wet Wet-Wishing I Was)
  • Jun 23 Joey Allen, Ft Wayne Indiana, rock guitarist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • Jun 29 Stedman Pearson, Essex, rock vocalist (Five Star-Silk & Steel)
  • Jul 1 Poi Burton, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • Jul 2 Dave Parsons, rocker (Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life)
  • Jul 3 Gary Ryan, rocker (Blackhearts)
  • Jul 4 Mark Allen Slaughter, Las Vegas, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live)

Person of interestCourtney Love

Jul 9 Courtney Love, American muscian (Hole) and actress (People vs Larry Flynt), born in San Francisco, California

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • Jul 20 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Jul 27 Rex Brown, American musician (Pantera)
  • Jul 31 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs), born in Dundalk, Ireland
  • Aug 1 Nick Christian Sayer, rocker (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen)
  • Aug 1 Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows)

Person of interestAdam Yauch

Aug 5 MCA [Adam Yauch], rock vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • Aug 10 Aaron Hall, American songwriter

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

May 18 Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (19) weds Margrit Volkmar

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 27 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) weds academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts weds Shirley Shepherd

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 27 Singers Sonny & Cher wed, Cher wore bell-bottoms

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 28 Broadway musical actress-singer Ethel Merman (56) divorces academy award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (47) after 32 days of marriage


Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Otto Emanuel Olsson, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Colin C McPhee, composer (H2O, Mechanical Princibles), dies at 62
  • Jan 7 Cyril Davies, American musician (b. 1932)
  • Jan 15 Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
  • Jan 20 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • Jan 22 Marc Blitzstein, US composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58
  • Jan 23 Louis Horst, American dance choreographer and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • Feb 9 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • Feb 15 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • Mar 1 Sergius Kagen, composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • Mar 30 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Bozidar Kunc, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 18 Albe Vidakovic, composer, dies at 49
  • May 6 Harold Morris, composer, dies at 74
  • May 10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • May 10 Ignace Lilien, composer, dies at 66
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92
  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76
  • Jun 1 Rutkowski Bronislaw, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 10 Louis Gruenberg, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 18 Alexander Shamil'yevich Melik-Pashayev, composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 20 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Jun 27 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 29 Milenko Zivkovic, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 Eric Dolphy, American jazz musician (b. 1928)
  • Jul 1 Pierre Monteux, French-American conductor (Concert Bldg Orchestra), dies at 89
  • Jul 31 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), dies in air crash at 39
  • Aug 2 Jose Maria Castro, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Johnny Burnette, rocker, drowns at 30
  • Aug 24 Maurice Schoemaker, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 31 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42
  • Sep 1 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Joseph Marx, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 9 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 14 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • Sep 26 Ida Moore, actress (Mr Music, Johnny Belinda), dies at 82
  • Sep 28 George Dyson, composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 1 Ernst Toch, composer (Melodie Lehre), dies at 76
  • Oct 10 Frantisek Picha, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 10 Russ Case, orchestra leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
  • Oct 10 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76
  • Oct 15 Cole Porter, composer (Still of the Night), dies at 73
  • Nov 3 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (b. 1905)
  • Nov 5 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 11 Edward Steuermann, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 16 Albert Hay Malotte, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 20 John Tasker Howard, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 30 Don Redman, American jazz musician and orchestra leader (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 64
  • Dec 11 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), shot to death at 33
  • Dec 22 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, Spanish composer and folklorist, dies at 66
  • Dec 23 Arrigo Pedrollo, composer, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krejci, composer, dies at 73