On This Day

Year 1966 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Jan 7 Dance Theatre of Harlem debuts
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • Jan 8 The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Jan 8 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14 David Bowie releases his 1st single "Can't Help Thinking About Me"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jan 29 Neil Simons, Coleman & Fields' musical "Sweet Charity" premieres at Palace Theater in NYC for 608 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 11th string quartet

  • Feb 28 Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Canadian-American rock band "Buffalo Springfield" forms (Stephen Stills, Neil Young, et al)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 John Lennon says "We (the Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 5 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing "Merci, Cherie" in Luxembourg
  • Mar 7 "Wait A Minim!" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 457 performances
  • Mar 8 "Golden Boy" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 569 performances
  • Mar 12 Love's 1st album released "Love"

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Mar 15 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Frank Sintra & Barbra Streisand

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

  • Mar 18 "Pousse Cafe" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Mar 19 "Poussé Cafe" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Mar 25 Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, It is later pulled
  • Mar 29 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" opens at Alvin NYC for 129 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 1 "Hold On, I'm Comin'" single released by Sam & Dave

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 11 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Apr 12 Rocker Jan Berry crashes his corvette into a parked truck, an accident which leaves him with long-lasting health issues
  • Apr 15 Rolling Stones release "Aftermath"
  • Apr 27 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Cello Concert
  • May 1 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the US

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • May 7 Mamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
  • May 13 The Rolling Stones release "Paint it Black" in the UK
  • May 14 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
  • May 21 "Downtown" by Mrs Miller hits #82
  • May 21 "Time for Singing" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • May 21 Louie Louie by The Kingsmen reentered the chart & hits #97
  • May 23 The Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
  • May 24 "Mame" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances

  • May 28 "Ballad Of Irving" by Frank Gallop hits #34
  • May 28 Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th String quartet premieres in Leningrad

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 1 George Harrison is impressed by sitarist Ravi Shankar's concert in London

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 4 Single "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • Jun 10 Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in UK
  • Jun 10 Beatles record "Rain" 1st to use reverse tapes

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 10 Janis Joplin's 1st live concert (Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 11 "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
  • Jun 11 "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
  • Jun 11 "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 performances
  • Jun 11 "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US
  • Jun 11 "Skyscraper" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 248 performances
  • Jun 11 "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 11 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Rowan & Martin host "The Dean Martin Show" Summer Series, on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • Jun 25 Beatles' "Paperback Writer" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Jun 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
  • Jun 26 "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Jun 30 Beatles land in Tokyo for a concert tour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
  • Jul 16 "Half a Sixpence" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 512 performances
  • Jul 17 "It's a Bird... It's Superman" closes at Alvin NYC after 129 performances
  • Jul 23 Frank Sinatra's album "Strangers In The Night" is No. 1 on the US charts, (Grammy for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance)
  • Jul 25 Brian Jones final performance as a Rolling Stone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 The Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Bob Dylan hurt in motorcycle accident near Woodstock NY

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 30 Beatles' "Yesterday... & Today" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • Jul 31 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
  • Aug 3 South African government bans Beatle records
  • Aug 5 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK
  • Aug 5 Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
  • Aug 8 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles (Lennon's anti-Jesus remark)
  • Aug 9 The Beatles release their "Yellow Submarine" single and its album "Revolver" in the US
  • Aug 11 Last Beatle concert tour of US begins
  • Aug 14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • Aug 20 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit during Memphis concert
  • Aug 22 The Beatles arrive in New York
  • Aug 29 The Beatles' last public concert (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 3 Donovan hits #1 with "Sunshine Superman"

  • Sep 10 Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks in the UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Neil Diamond has his first Billboard chart success with single "Cherry Cherry"

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Rolling Stones perform on Ed Sullivan Show

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Sep 25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow
  • Oct 9 Rolling Stones 1st LP recorded "Got Live if you Want It"
  • Oct 13 Jimi Hendrix Experience debuts with American guitarist Jimi Hendrix, British bassist Noel Redding & British drummer Mitch Mitchell in Évreux, Normandy, France
  • Oct 18 "Apple Tree" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 463 performances
  • Oct 25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Nov 9 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 9 "Let's Sing Yiddish" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 107 performances
  • Nov 16 "Greatest Hits" album by The Temptations is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1967)
  • Nov 20 "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances
  • Nov 24 The Beatles began recording sessions for their album "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
  • Nov 26 "Walking Happy" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 161 performances
  • Dec 5 "I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances
  • Dec 15 "Joyful Noise" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Dec 16 The Beatles release "Everywhere it's Christmas" in UK
  • Dec 16 Jimi Hendrix Experience releases its 1st single, "Hey Joe," in the UK
  • Dec 24 "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Dec 26 Jimi Hendrix writes "Purple Haze" backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London
  • Dec 27 "At the Drop of Another Hat" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Dec 31 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 3 Martin Galway, Northern Ireland composer
  • Jan 4 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 5 Kate Schellenbach, American musician (Luscious Jackson), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 6 A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, born in Madras, India
  • Jan 7 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Jan 8 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • Jan 17 Shabba Ranks [Rexton Gordon], Jamaican dancehall musician & reggae deejay (X-tra Naked), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • Jan 19 Lena Philipsson, Swedish singer, born in Vetlanda, Sweden
  • Jan 20 Tracii Guns [Tracy Ulrich], American rock guitarist and songwriter (L.A. Guns - "It's Over Now"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 31 Al Jaworsky [Doughty], English musician & bassist (Jesus Jones), born in Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Feb 2 Robert DeLeo, American bass player, songwriter and backing vocalist (Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone, Hollywood Vampires), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Feb 6 Rick Astley, English singer & songwriter (Never Gonna Give You Up), born in Newton-le-Willows, United Kingdom
  • Feb 9 Amanda Roocroft, British operatic soprano, born in Coppull, Lancashire, England
  • Feb 13 Frederick "Freedom" Williams, American hip hop and dance music performer (C&C Music Factory - "Everybody Dance Now"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 17 Melissa Brooke-Belland, American musician (Voice of the Beehive-Let it Bee), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 17 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2004)
  • Feb 17 Michael Lepond, American musician (Symphony X), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Feb 19 Prince Markie Dee [Mark Anthony Morales], American rapper (Fat Boys - "Jail House Rap"), and actor (Disorderlies), born in (d. 2021) [1]
  • Feb 21 Wendy James, English vocalist (Transvision Vamp-Velveteen), born in London, England
  • Feb 22 Suave [Waymond Anderso], American R&B singer (covered The Temptations' "My Girl"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 23 Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (Starship), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2012)
  • Feb 26 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer, born in Zahlé, Lebanon
  • Feb 28 Edward Shearmur, English film composer (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Charlie's Angels), born in London, England
  • Mar 2 Stevie Rachelle, rock vocalist (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)
  • Mar 3 Tone-Loc [Anthony Terrell Smith], rocker (Let's Do It), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Timo Tolkki, Finnish musician (Stratovarius)
  • Mar 4 Patrick Hannan, English pop drummer (Sundays-Can't Be Sure)
  • Mar 4 Grand Puba, American rapper
  • Mar 9 Brendan Canty, American musician (Fugazi), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Mar 10 Edie Brickell, Mrs Paul Simon/rocker (& New Bohemians)
  • Mar 10 Gráinne Mulvey, Irish composer
  • Mar 18 Jerry Cantrell, US rock guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt)
  • Mar 19 James "Big Jim" Wright, American record producer
  • Mar 20 Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • Mar 25 Jeff Healey, Canadian blind pop guitarist (See the Light), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • Mar 28 Salt [Cheryl James], American singer (Salt-n-Pepa), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 30 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age)
  • Apr 2 Garnett Silk [Garnet Damion Smith], Jamacian reggae musician, born in Manchester, Jamaica (d. 1994)
  • Apr 4 Mike Starr [Michael], musician (Alice in Chains bassist), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2011)
  • Apr 5 Michael "Mike" McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Apr 11 Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World), born in Manchester, England
  • Apr 13 Marc Ford, American musician (The Black Crowes), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 15 Graeme Clark, Scottish bassist (Wet Wet Wet-Angel Eyes, Love is All Around), born in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • Apr 15 Samantha Karen Fox, East End singer (Touch Me), born in London, England
  • Apr 19 Véronique Gens, French operatic soprano, born in Orléans, France
  • Apr 28 Too Short [Todd Shaw], American rapper, born in South Central Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Johnny Colt [Charles Brandt], American rock bassist (Black Crowes), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • May 5 Shawn Drover, Canadian drummer (Megadeth), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 8 Marta Sánchez, Spanish singer (De Mujer a Mujer), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 11 Christoph Schneider, German drummer (Rammstein), born in Pankow, East Germany
  • May 12 Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian-American pop and bossa nova singer, born in New York City
  • May 13 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • May 13 Alison Goldfrapp, English musician (Goldfrapp), born in London
  • May 14 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter and dancer (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus), born in Paris, France
  • May 14 Mike Inez, US rock bassist (Alice in Chains-Facelift)
  • May 14 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!), born in Oakland California

Person of interestJanet Jackson

May 16 Janet Jackson, American singer (Control), sister of Michael, born in Gary, Indiana

  • May 18 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • May 22 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Sean Kinney, US rock drummer (Alice in Chains-We Die Young)
  • May 30 Stephen Malkmus, American songwriter, singer and guitarist (Pavement), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 2 Pedro Guerra, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Güímar, Tenerife
  • Jun 4 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 6 Angela Cavagna, singer, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Jun 6 Sean Yseult, American musician (White Zombie)
  • Jun 8 Doris Pearson, English singer (5 Star), born in London, England
  • Jun 15 Idalis DeLeon, American actress/singer
  • Jun 19 Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan
  • Jun 19 Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway
  • Jun 23 Chico DeBarge, American musician (DeBarge)
  • Jul 7 Gundula Krause, German folk violinist, born in Göttingen, Germany
  • Jul 11 Mel Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim-Coming to America)
  • Jul 13 Gerald Levert, American singer (In My Songs), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Jul 14 Tayna Donelly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Throwing Muses; Belly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jul 14 Ellen Reid, Canadian keyboard and accordion player (Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"), born in Selkirk, Manitoba
  • Jul 25 Maureen Herman, American bassist (Babes in Toyland) and writer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 25 Lynda Lemay, French Canadian singer, born in Portneuf, Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 28 Shikao Suga, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Tokyo, Japan

Person of interestMartina McBride

Jul 29 Martina McBride, American country singer and songwriter (Evolution), born in Sharon, Kansas

Country Singer-Songwriter Martina McBride
Country Singer-Songwriter
Martina McBride
  • Aug 7 Kristin Hersch, American singer and songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 10 Hansi Kürsch, German singer
  • Aug 14 David Hallyday, French singer-songwriter and actor (He's My Girl), born in Boulougne, France
  • Aug 15 Shirley Kwan [Kwan Suk Yee] Chinese Canto-pop singer ("Happy Are Those In Love"), born in Hong Kong
  • Aug 17 Maysa Leak, American Jazz Singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 19 Lee Ann Womack, American country singer (I Hope You Dance), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • Aug 20 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera), born in Arlington, Texas (d. 2004)
  • Aug 22 Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
  • Aug 22 GZA [Gary Grice], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 25 Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist (Dream Theater; Sons Of Apollo), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • Aug 26 Shirley Manson, Scottish rock singer (Garbage), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Aug 28 Jerry Fehily, Irish drummer (Hothouse Flowers - "Don't Go"; "Thing Of Beauty"), born in Cork, Ireland
  • Aug 29 Dan Truman, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in St. George, Utah
  • Sep 2 Dino Cazares, American heavy metal guitarist (FearFactor), born in El Centro, California
  • Sep 4 Bireli Lagrene, French jazz guitarist, born in Alsace, France
  • Sep 7 Christopher Acland, English drummer (Lush), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 7 Holly Golightly [Smith], British rock singer-songwriter, born in London
  • Sep 8 Carola Häggkvist, Swedish singer and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 8 Peter Furler, Australian musician (Newsboys), born in McLaren Vale, Australia
  • Sep 12 Ben Folds, American singer and songwriter (Ben Folds Five), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Sep 14 Mike Cooley, American guitarist (Drive-By Truckers), born in Tuscumbia, Alabama

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 21 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

LoveWedding of Interest

May 30 American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton (20) weds Carl Dean (23) in Ringgold, Georgia

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Musician Louis Jordan (58) weds singer and dancer Martha Weaver

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 19 50 year old Frank Sinatra marries 21 year old Mia Farrow in Las Vegas

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anian, Armenian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • Feb 6 Algot Haquinius, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Marguerite Long, French concert pianist (Ravel) and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1906-40), dies at 91
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Jānis Mediņš, Latvian composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Mar 15 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • May 4 Juan María Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, dies at 69
  • May 9 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, and conductor (Romanian National Opera, 1944-63), and teacher, dies at 56
  • May 25 Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 1 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, dies at 92
  • Jun 6 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
  • Jun 12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), dies at 74
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, American opera singer, actor, and filmmaker (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 29 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 3 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Joseph Deems Taylor, American composer (Peter Ibbetson) and promoter of classical music, dies at 80
  • Jul 17 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71
  • Jul 18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • Jul 18 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo, The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Pal Jardanyi, composer, dies at 44
  • Aug 1 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 Gösta Nystroem, Swedish composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Aug 22 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Luigi Perrachio, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • Sep 18 Fernand Lamy, French composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 18 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 28 Lucky Millinder, American R&B bandleader and singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 7 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), dies in a car crash at 26
  • Oct 7 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American singer (The Bells Are Ringing; I Hear You Knocking), dies of stomach cancer at 46
  • Oct 12 Arthur Vincent Lourie, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 14 Arcady Dubensky, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • Oct 26 Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Nov 2 Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • Nov 3 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), dies at 58
  • Nov 12 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), dies at 69
  • Nov 18 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 26 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35
  • Nov 28 Vittorio Giannini, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 9 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer & educator, dies at 65
  • Dec 17 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75