On This Day

Year 1967 in Music History

Events in Music


Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 14 Sonny & Cher release single "Beat Goes On"

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 15 Rolling Stones appear for the fifth time on the Ed Sullivan Show, reluctantly agree to alter lyrics of "Let's Spend The Night Together" [1] [2]

TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan
  • Jan 27 The Beatles sign a 9 year worldwide contract with EMI records
  • Jan 28 Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  • Jan 29 "Let's Sing Yiddish" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 107 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 "Purple Haze" recorded by Jimi Hendrix

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 4 "Wild Thing" cover version by "Senator Bobby" hits #20 on the pop singles chart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 "Respect" single recorded by Aretha Franklin (Billboard Song of the Year 1967)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Feb 17 Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields"

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Mar 2 9th Grammy Awards: "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra wins best record, "Michele" by The Beatles best song

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 6 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Guitar win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Mar 7 Clark Gesner's musical "You're a Good Man" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 10 "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You", American singer Aretha Franklin's tenth overall studio album, and first on Atlantic Records is released

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 11 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne"

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Mar 17 British harpist Shiela Bromberg plays with string section for the Sgt. Pepper track "She's Leaving Home", becomes the first female to perform on a Beatles recording

  • Mar 18 Beatles' "Penny Lane" single goes #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 The Supremes release "The Happening"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • Mar 25 The Turtle's "Happy Together" goes #1
  • Mar 28 "Sherry!" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 65 performances

Album Release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Mar 30 Cover picture of Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album is photographed by Michael Cooper

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One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
One of the most famous album covers in music history, The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth
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  • Mar 31 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (The Astoria, London)
  • Apr 8 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • Apr 9 "At the Drop of Another Hat" closes at Booth NYC after 105 performances
  • Apr 11 "Illya Darling" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 15 "Wait A Minim!" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 457 performances
  • Apr 16 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 performances
  • Apr 19 Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't)
  • Apr 26 "Hallelujah, Baby!" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 293 performances
  • Apr 29 Aretha Franklin releases her single "Respect" (written by Otis Redding); Billboard Song of the Year, 1967
  • May 5 The Kinks release "Waterloo Sunset" as a single; peaks at #2 on the British charts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards
Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 11 "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

May 12 1st quadraphonic concert by Pink Floyd at the Games for May concert in London

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • May 12 "Are You Experienced" album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released - one of the most influential debut albums ever

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

May 15 Paul McCartney meets his future wife Linda Eastman

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

  • May 20 BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
  • May 21 "Sing, Israel Sing" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 14 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 John Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelically painted Rolls Royce

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • May 26 EMI releases "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" a few days early in the UK; it would go to number one for 15 weeks in the US and 22 weeks in the UK
  • May 27 "Sherry!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 65 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

May 28 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 2nd Violin concert

  • Jun 3 Aretha Franklin's cover of the Otis Redding song "Respect" reaches #1
  • Jun 10 15,000 attend Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Music Festival, California
  • Jun 16 50,000 attend first day of the Monterey International Pop Festival - beginning of the Summer of Love
  • Jun 17 "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane peaks at #5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 18 Closing day of the Monterey International Pop Festival, Southern California. First major US appearances of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The WHO and Otis Redding
  • Jun 19 Paul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
  • Jun 25 First global satellite television programme "Our World" broadcast featuring 19 acts representing 19 nations including The Beatles singing "All You Need is Love"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 George Harrison is fined £6 for speeding

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jun 29 Keith Richards is sentenced to 1 year in jail on drugs charge
  • Jul 1 "Funny Girl" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1348 performances
  • Jul 1 The Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" goes #1 in the United States, where it would stay for 15 weeks
  • Jul 7 Beatles' "All You Need is Love" is released
  • Jul 7 Doors' "Light My Fire" hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Kenny Rogers forms 1st Edition

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jul 14 The Who begin a US tour opening for Herman's Hermits
  • Jul 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 608 performances
  • Jul 24 The Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana
  • Jul 31 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence
  • Aug 4 Pink Floyd releases their first album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", their only record made under the leadership of Syd Barrett.
  • Aug 18 Rolling Stones release "We Love You"
  • Aug 19 Beatles' "All You Need is Love" single goes #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

  • Aug 26 Beatles, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Sep 11 Beatles' Magical Mystery Bus driven around England
  • Sep 26 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Violin concert premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 29 Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead & plays the Straightater
  • Sep 30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)
  • Oct 1 Pink Floyd arrive in New York for their first US tour
  • Oct 2 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
  • Oct 7 Beatles turn down $1 million NY concert offer by Sid Berstein
  • Oct 11 Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)
  • Oct 17 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS
  • Oct 23 "Henry, Sweet Henry" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 80 performances

  • Oct 29 Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado's musical "Hair" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • Nov 17 Beatles Ltd & Apple Music Ltd swap names

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Davy Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, New York

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • Nov 22 BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles
  • Nov 25 "Apple Tree" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 463 performances
  • Nov 27 The Beatles release their album "Magical Mystery Tour"

MurderAssassination Attempt

Dec 3 Assassination attempt made on Bob Marley and others during concert rehearsals in Jamaica

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Dec 7 The Beatles' clothing store "Apple Boutique" opens at 94 Baker Street, London
  • Dec 7 "How Now, Dow Jones" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 220 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Dec 7 Otis Redding records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • Dec 8 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album is released in UK

Music concertMusic Concert

Dec 9 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Dec 11 Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group - Grapefruit
  • Dec 15 The Beatles release "Christmas Time is Here Again"
  • Dec 20 Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull
  • Dec 25 Singer Paul McCartney & actress Jane Asher get engaged

Music releaseAlbum Release

Dec 27 Leonard Cohen releases his debut album "Songs of Leonard Cohen" on Columbia Records

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • Dec 30 Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • Dec 31 "Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 1 Tim Dog, American rapper
  • Jan 6 Peter Loran, American rock vocalist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good), born in Teaneck, New Jersey

Person of interestR. Kelly

Jan 8 R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], American R&B singer-songwriter (I Wish I Could Fly), born in Chicago, Illinois

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Person of interestDave Matthews

Jan 9 Dave Matthews, South African singer & musician (Dave Matthews Band), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

Musician Dave Matthews
Musician
Dave Matthews
  • Jan 9 Steven Harwell, American singer & musician (Smash Mouth), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Jan 10 Micky Michelle [Ingrid Hankers], Dutch dancer (Josephine, Sound of Motown)
  • Jan 13 George Paterson, Scottish rock singer-songwriter (Donaldson, Moir and Paterson (DMP) - Natural Anthems)
  • Jan 14 Zakk Wylde [Jeffrey Wielandt], American rock guitarist (Ozzy Osbourne; Black Label Society), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Jan 15 Lisa Lisa [Velez], American rock vocalist (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 18 MC Tab [Sharon Richard], American rapper, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Joe Pasquale, American pop-rock singer and songwriter (Prey)
  • Jan 24 John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer, born in Thrissur, India
  • Jan 30 Bill Leverty, American guitarist (Firehouse - "Love of a Lifetime"), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Jay Gordon, American rock vocalist, born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 31 Fat Mike [Michael Burkett], American musician (NOFX), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • Jan 31 Chad Channing, American rock drummer (Nirvana, 1988-90), and bass player (Before Cars, 2006-present), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Feb 6 Anita Cochran, American singer, born in South Lyon, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (Zard), born in Kurume, Japan (d. 2007)
  • Feb 12 Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Indian composer and musician, born in Mysore, India
  • Feb 15 Jane Child, Canadian musician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 16 Damon Reece, British drummer (Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space), born in London, England
  • Feb 17 Chanté Moore, American R&B singer, actress and author (Precious), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 19 Kate Radley, British keyboardist (Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space), born in England

Person of interestKurt Cobain

Feb 20 Kurt Cobain, American rock singer-songwriter (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"), born in Aberdeen, Washington (d. 1994)

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Feb 21 Michael Ward, American rock guitarist (John Hiatt, 1993-94; The Wallflowers, 1996-2001 - "One Headlight"; Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, 2007-16), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 23 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 28 Marcus Lillington, British pop guitarist and keyboard player (Breathe - "Hands to Heaven"), born in Bideford, Devon, England
  • Mar 2 Dennis Seaton, British reggae-rock singer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • Mar 4 Evan Dando, American musician (The Lemonheads - "Mrs. Robinson"), born in Essex, Massachusetts
  • Mar 6 Julio Bocca, Argentine ballet dancer (American Ballet Theater, 1986-2006; Ballet Argentino, 1990-2007), and artistic director (National Ballet of Uruguay, 2010-18), born in Munro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Mar 7 Randel "Randy" Guss, American musician and drummer (Toad the Wet Sprocket), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 11 John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer (Captain Jack Harkness-Doctor Who), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 17 Van Conner, American rock bassist and guitarist (Screaming Trees), born in Apple Valley, California

Person of interestBilly Corgan

Mar 17 Billy Corgan, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), born in Chicago, Illinois

Musician Billy Corgan
Musician
Billy Corgan
  • Mar 18 Miki Berenyi, English singer (Lush - "Single Girl")
  • Mar 21 Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Swedish musician, songwriter, and producer (Ace of Base -"All That She Wants"), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Mar 23 John Strohm, American rock drummer, guitarist, songwriter (The Lemonheads), lawyer, and record executive (Rounder Records), born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Mar 29 John Popper, American blues rock singer and harmonica player (Blues Traveler - "Run Around"), born in Chardon, Ohio
  • Mar 30 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • Apr 1 Phil Demmel, American musician
  • Apr 2 Greg Camp, American rock songwriter, guitarist, and singer (Smash Mouth - "All Star"), born in West Covina, California
  • Apr 7 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • Apr 12 Mellow Man Ace [Ulpiano Reyes], Cuban-American rapper and actor ("Only the Strong"), born in Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • Apr 12 Sarah Cracknell, English singer-songwriter (Saint Etienne), born in Chelmsford, England
  • Apr 13 Olga Tañón, Puerto Rican singer, born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 14 Barrett Martin, American rock and jazz drummer and composer, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Apr 15 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], Scottish bass player (The Darkness - Permission To Land), born in Milnathort, Scotland
  • Apr 16 Junko Onishi, Japanese post-bop jazz pianist (Fragile; Tea Times), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Apr 17 Liz Phair, American musician and songwriter (Exile In Guyville), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 17 Matt Chamberlain, American session drummer (Tori Amos; Edie Brickell; The Slow Music Project; William Shatner; Wallflowers), born in San Pedro, California
  • Apr 18 Jayce Fincher Jr, American heavy metal bassist (Southgang - "Tainted Angel"; Marvelous 3)
  • Apr 19 Dorothy "Dar" Williams, American singer-songwriter ("You're Aging Well"; "When I Was A Boy"; The Christians and The Pagans"), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • Apr 20 Mike Portnoy, American drummer (Dream Theater), born in Long Beach, New York
  • Apr 21 Michael Franti, American musician (The Beatnigs, Spearhead), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 23 Brent Muscat, American hard rock musician (Faster Pussycat - "Wake Me When It's Over"), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 24 Patty Schemel, American drummer (Hole, 1992-98), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 26 Darrin Mooney, British session drummer (Primal Scream; Gary Moore), born in Merton, London
  • Apr 27 Tommy Smith, Scottish jazz musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Master P, [Percy Miller] American rapper, actor and record producer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Apr 30 John Robert "J. R." Richards, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and TV and film composer (Dishwalla), born in Santa Barbara, California

Person of interestTim McGraw

May 1 Tim McGraw, American country musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana

Country Musician and Actor Tim McGraw
Country Musician and Actor
Tim McGraw
  • May 6 Mark Bryan, American songwriter, and lead guitarist (Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You", born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • May 8 James Hurt, American jazz pianist, and composer (Dark Grooves – Mystical Rhythms), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 10 Young MC [Marvin Young], British American rapper (Bust a Move), born in London, England
  • May 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American heavy metal singer-songwriter and guitarist (Death; Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • May 13 Melanie Thornton, American pop-dance singer (La Bouche - "Be My Lover"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • May 18 Rob Base [Ginyard], American rapper (Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - "It Takes Two"), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 22 John Vanderslice, American rock musician and producer, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • May 23 Philip Selway, British alternative-rock drummer (Radiohead - "Creep"; "Lucky"), and singer-songwriter, born in Oxfordshire, England
  • May 23 Freddie "Junior" Waite, British reggae-rock drummer (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England
  • May 24 Heavy D [Dwight Errington Myers], Jamaican-American rapper, born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • May 24 Steve McDonald, American rocker (Redd Kross), born in Hawthorne, California
  • May 26 Kristen Pfaff, American rock bassist (Hole, 1993-94), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestNoel Gallagher

May 29 Noel Gallagher, British pop singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Oasis - "Wonderwall"; "Don't Look Back In Anger"; High Flying Birds - "Holy Mountain"), born in Manchester, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • May 29 Mark Nightingale, British jazz and session trombonist, composer, and arranger, born in Evesham, Worcestershire, Engalnd
  • May 30 Martin Blunt, British rock singer (The Charlatans - "The Only One I Know"), born in West Midlands, England
  • Jun 7 Dave Navarro, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, (Jane's Addiction - "Just Because"; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1993-98), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 8 Neil Mitchell, Scottish rock keyboardist (Wet Wet Wet - "Good Night Gir"; "Love Is All Around"), born in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire.
  • Jun 9 Dean Felber, American rock bassist (Hootie and the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be with You"), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Jun 9 Dean Dinning, American bass player and record producer (Toad The Wet Sprocket), born
  • Jun 10 Human Beatbox [Darren Robinson], rocker (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock)
  • Jun 10 Emma Anderson, British guitarist and songwriter (Lush, Sing-Sing)
  • Jun 17 Eric Stefani, American musician (No Doubt, 1986-95 - "Don't Talk"; "Spiderwebs"), born in Fullerton, California
  • Jun 20 Joseph William Cathcart, rock guitarist (Nelson-Love & Affection)
  • Jun 20 [Matthew] Murphy Karges, American bassist (Sugar Ray - "Every Morning"), born in Orange County, California
  • Jun 24 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 24 Richard Kruspe-Bernstein, German musician (Rammstein)
  • Jun 29 Murray Foster, Canadian musician (Moxy Früvous, Great Big Sea), born in Thorn Hill, Ontario
  • Jul 6 Heather Nova, Bermudian singer and songwriter (Oyster), born in Bermuda
  • Jul 7 Jackie Neal, American singer, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • Jul 8 Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Jul 12 John Petrucci, American guitar player (Dream Theater), born in Kings Park, New York
  • Jul 22 Pat Badger, American heavy metal bassist (Extreme-"More Than Words"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 22 Rhys Ifans [Rhys Evans], Welsh actor/musician (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • Jul 24 Jasper Teule, Dutch rock singer/bassist (Pilgrims-Once to Everything)
  • Jul 27 Juliana Hatfield, American musician (Blake Babies), born in Wiscasset, Maine
  • Jul 31 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • Jul 31 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • Aug 3 Skin [Deborah Dyer] Jamaican-British singer (Skunk Anansie), born in Brixton, London

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

May 1 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 6 American pop singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota; divorced in 1982

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jun 23 British bassist John Entwistle (22) of rock group Who weds Alison Wise

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist, songwriter, and singer ("Seven Nights To Rock"), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jan 3 Mary Garden, opera star, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Vilem Petrzelka, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Renato Lunelli, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Albert Szirmai, Hungarian operetta composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 29 Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 3 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • Feb 18 Manuel Palau Boix, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 25 Walter "Fats" Pichon American jazz pianist, singer, and big bandleader, dies at 60
  • Mar 3 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 6 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • Mar 6 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Yiorgos Batis, Greek composer and musician (b. 1885)
  • Mar 11 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • Mar 16 James Friskin, composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
  • Mar 24 Marc Lavry, Israeli composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 25 Renato Cellini, Italian conductor (b.c.1913)
  • Mar 27 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), dies at 69
  • Mar 31 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 4 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • Apr 4 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • Apr 17 Henry "Red" Allen, American jazz trumpeter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Apr 29 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38
  • May 4 Bengt Axel von Torne, Finnish composer, dies at 75
  • May 8 Laverne Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"), dies at 55
  • May 9 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child prodigy & composer, dies at 35
  • May 12 Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • May 15 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • May 17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65

Person of interestLangston Hughes

May 22 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • May 23 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47
  • May 29 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • May 31 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer ("Take The 'A' Train"), dies of esophageal cancer at 51
  • Jun 8 Elliot Griffis, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 9 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Adrian Grigor'yevich Shaposhnikov, composer, dies at 79

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

Jul 17 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist & composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • Jul 26 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 79
  • Jul 31 Marios Varvoglis, Greek composer (Behind the Barbed Wire Fence), dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Max Branch, music/radio commentator, dies at 75
  • Aug 7 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, dies at 75
  • Aug 8 Jaromir Weinberger, Czech/American composer (Czech Rhapsody), dies at 71
  • Aug 10 John Francis Larchet, composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Andres Sas, Belgian Peruvian composer, dies at 67

Person of interestBrian Epstein

Aug 27 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 32

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein
  • Sep 15 Hans Haug, Swiss classical composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 20 Henri Mulet, French composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist & composer (It's Wonderful), dies at 58
  • Oct 2 Albertina Rasch, Austrian-born American ballerina and choreographer, dies at 76
  • Oct 3 [Woodrow Wilson] Woody Guthrie, American folk singer (This Land Is Your Land), dies of Huntington's disease at 55
  • Oct 3 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Last Night of Proms), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Walter Muller von Kulm, Swiss composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 7 Juan Tomas Perez, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 10 Ida Cox (nee Prather), American blues singer and vaudeville performer, dies at 79, 73, or 71 [year of birth disputed]
  • Nov 11 Harry Seymour, American composer, actor (Tenderfoot), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Nov 13 Pierre Moulaert, Belgian composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 13 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, dies at 71
  • Nov 22 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, dies at 86
  • Nov 27 Ettore Panizza, Argentinian composer and conductor, dies at 92
  • Dec 8 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • Dec 10 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Carl Cunningham, American drummer (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), killed in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 19
  • Dec 10 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18

Person of interestOtis Redding

Dec 10 Otis Redding, American soul singer-songwriter ("Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"; "Respect"), dies in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 26

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • Dec 10 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • Dec 10 Ron Caldwell, American soul and R&B keyboardist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 18
  • Dec 11 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), dies at 75
  • Dec 23 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 29 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), dies of heart failure at 38