1968 in Music

Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 105

  • Jan 2 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jan 4 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million to CBS
  • Jan 6 Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks
  • Jan 12 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd
  • Jan 13 "Hallelujah, Baby!" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 293 performances
  • Jan 13 "Illya Darling" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Jan 18 "Happy Time" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 286 performances
  • Jan 18 Hester & Appolinar's musical "Your Own Thing" premieres in NYC

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 22 "Lady Soul" 14th studio album by Aretha Franklin is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1968)

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 27 "Darling of the Day" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 31 performances
  • Feb 4 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 355 performances
  • Feb 10 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Elvis Presley receives a gold record for "How Great Thou Art"

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Beatles George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 David Gilmour joins rock group Pink Floyd

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Feb 24 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 performances

  • Feb 29 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 29 Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 4 3rd Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Lynn Anderson win

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 8 Bill Graham's New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
  • Mar 9 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet

  • Mar 13 Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Mar 15 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Mar 17 Bee Gees make their US TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" performing "To Love Somebody" and "Words"

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Mar 21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • Apr 2 Beatles form Python Music Ltd
  • Apr 4 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Apr 6 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • Apr 10 "George M!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances
  • Apr 17 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Apr 23 "I'm Solomon" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Apr 25 "Half a Sixpence" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 512 performances
  • Apr 27 "Education of Hyman Kaplan" closes at Alvin NYC after 28 performances
  • Apr 29 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances
  • May 1 "Ben Franklin in Paris" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 215 performances
  • May 2 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • May 14 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
  • May 15 "Wonderwall" with George Harrison premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

May 15 Paul McCartney & John Lennon appear on Johnny Carson Show to promote Apple records, Joe Garagiola is substitute host

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • May 23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • May 25 Rolling Stones release "Jumping Jack Flash"
  • May 25 Unicorn by The Irish Rovers hits #7
  • May 30 Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
  • Jun 1 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate" hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)
  • Jun 8 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release "Lady Will Power"
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  • Jun 15 "How Now, Dow Jones" closes at Lunt Fontanne NYC after 220 performances
  • Jun 15 "I Do! I Do!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 561 performances
  • Jun 15 "New Faces of 1965" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 52 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 John Lennon and Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Coventry Cathedral

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jun 15 "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express hits #4
  • Jun 22 "Here Come Da Judge" by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88
  • Jun 29 "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 John Lennon's 1st full art exhibition (You are Here)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jul 5 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce
  • Jul 17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • Jul 20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • Jul 31 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free
  • Aug 4 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California
  • Aug 11 Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • Aug 23 Ringo quits Beatles over a disagreement (temporarily).
  • Aug 26 "Hey Jude" single released by the Beatles (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)
  • Aug 30 1st record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)
  • Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit for children at Madison Square Garden, New York
  • Aug 31 Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon and Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 6 Eric Clapton records guitar tracks for George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 8 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovich' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow
  • Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV
  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres-A Broadway musical type TV show
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances
  • Sep 28 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • Sep 30 Supremes release "Love Child"
  • Oct 10 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
  • Oct 12 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Barrymore NYC after 17 performances
  • Oct 14 Beatles "White Album" completed
  • Oct 18 Police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in John Lennon and Yoko Ono's apartment, they are fined £150 for marijuana possession
  • Oct 20 "Her 1st Roman" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Oct 23 "Maggie Flynn" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 82 performances
  • Oct 25 Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby
  • Nov 1 Noel Coward's "Sweet Potato" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 36 performances
  • Nov 2 "Her First Roman" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Nov 4 "Wichita Lineman" 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1969)
  • Nov 11 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album
  • Nov 17 John Kander and Fred Ebbs' musical "Zorba" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 305 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Nov 20 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Nov 21 Supremes & The Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
  • Nov 22 Beatles release "Beatles" (White Album), their only double album
  • Nov 23 "Noel Coward's Sweet Potato" closes at Booth NYC after 36 performances
  • Nov 28 John Lennon is fined £150 for unauthorized drug possession
  • Nov 29 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their 1st album "Two Virgins" in UK
  • Dec 1 "Promises Promises" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1281 performances
  • Dec 1 Burt Bacharach/Hal David's musical premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP
  • Dec 12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 163

  • Jan 1 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer
  • Jan 5 DJ Bobo [Peter Baumann], Swiss singer, born in Kölliken
  • Jan 5 Carrie Ann Inaba, American dancer and choreographer
  • Jan 9 Al Schnier, American rock guitarist (moe.)
  • Jan 11 Tom Dumont, American musician
  • Jan 12 Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer
  • Jan 13 Chara, Japanese singer and actress

Person of interestLL Cool J

Jan 14 LL Cool J, American rapper (Bigger & Deffer), born in Bay Shore, New York

Actor and Rapper LL Cool J
Actor and Rapper
LL Cool J
  • Jan 19 Whitfield Crane, rocker (Ugly Kid Joe-Mad Man, Too Bad)
  • Jan 22 Heath [Hiroshi Morie], Japanese musician, singer and songwriter (X Japan), born in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
  • Jan 24 Michael Kiske, German musician
  • Jan 25 Heinrich "Haini" Wolfgramm, Polynesian-American actor and musician (The Jets), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 27 Mike Patton, Eureka Ca, rocker (Faith No More-The Real Thing)
  • Jan 27 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • Jan 27 Tricky, English rapper
  • Jan 28 Sarah McLachlan, folk singer (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy)
  • Jan 28 DJ Muggs, American musician (Cypress Hill)
  • Jan 28 Rakim, born William Michael Griffin Jr., American rapper
  • Jan 30 Trevor Dunn, American musician (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Secret Chiefs 3)
  • Feb 2 Simon Wickham-Smith, composer and Mongolist
  • Feb 5 Chris Barron, rocker (Spin Doctors)
  • Feb 5 Nir Kabaretti, Israeli conductor
  • Feb 6 Akira Yamaoka, Japanese composer
  • Feb 7 Sully Erna, American singer (Godsmack)
  • Feb 8 Claudette Pace, Maltese singer
  • Feb 9 Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican singer
  • Feb 12 Chynna Phillips, US vocalist (Wilson Philips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Gregory Charles, French-Canadian performing artist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Feb 15 Axelle Red, Belgian singer and songwriter, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • Feb 17 Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)
  • Feb 19 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • Feb 22 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime) (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Evridiki, Greek Cypriot singer
  • Mar 4 Evan Dando, rocker (Lemonheads)
  • Mar 6 Michael Romeo, American musician (Symphony X)
  • Mar 8 Shawn Mullins, American musician
  • Mar 9 Johnny Kelly, American drummer (Type O Negative), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 15 John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • Mar 15 Sabrina [Salerno], Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Mar 15 Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • Mar 15 Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 15 Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • Mar 22 Euronymous, Norwegian black metal musician (d. 1993)
  • Mar 23 Damon Albarn, English musician (Blur, Gorillaz), born in London
  • Mar 26 Kenny Chesney, American singer
  • Mar 26 James Iha, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle)
  • Mar 28 Jon Lee, Welsh drummer (Feeder), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2002)
  • Mar 29 Sue Foley, Canadian singer and guitarist, born in Ottawa, Ontario

Person of interestLucy Lawless

Mar 29 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless

Person of interestCeline Dion

Mar 30 Celine Dion, Canadian singer (I'm Your Woman), born in Charlemagne, Quebec

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • Apr 1 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • Apr 3 Sebastian Bach [Bierk], Canadian heavy metal singer (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Apr 5 Paula Cole, American musician
  • Apr 6 Vanessa Lann, American composer (Dancing to an Orange Drummer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 15 Ed O'Brien, English musician and songwriter (Radiohead), born in Oxford
  • Apr 19 Pascal Kleiman, Spanish DJ, producer, musician
  • Apr 23 Charles Stanton "Stan" Frazier, American musician, record producer, songwriter and restauranteur (Sugar Ray), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 28 Howard Donald, British musician
  • Apr 29 Carnie Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 30 Paulo Jr, Brazilian pop bassist (Sepultura, Morbid Visions)
  • May 1 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • May 1 D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • May 2 Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer and actress, born in Merlimau, Malacca, Malaysia
  • May 3 Jay Darlington, English keyboardist (Kula Shaker), born in London
  • May 3 Shane Minor, American country music singer, born in Modesto, California
  • May 4 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • May 6 Lætitia Sadier, French singer (Stereolab)
  • May 7 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish musician (Save Tonight), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 8 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • May 13 PMD [Parrish J. Smith], American rapper (EPMD), from Brentwood, New York
  • May 15 Seth Putnam, American musician
  • May 16 Ralph Tresvant, american singer (New Editon), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 17 Dave Abbruzzese, American drummer (Pearl Jam), born in Stamford, Connecticut
  • May 21 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, born in Quezon City, Philippines (d. 1985)

Person of interestKylie Minogue

May 28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • May 30 Tim Burgess, English rock vocalist (Charlatans-Only One I Know)
  • Jun 1 Jason Donovan, rocker/actor (Neighbors)
  • Jun 3 Samantha Sprackling, Nigerian singer
  • Jun 4 Al B. Sure, American R&B singer
  • Jun 6 Alan Licht, American guitarist, composer and journalist
  • Jun 10 The D.O.C., American rapper
  • Jun 12 Bobby Sheehan, American musician (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)
  • Jun 13 Deniece Peterson, rocker (5 Star-Silk & Steel)
  • Jun 13 David Gray, British musician (White Ladder), born in Sale, Cheshire
  • Jun 21 Sonique [Sonia Marina Clarke], British musician and DJ, born in London
  • Jun 28 Chayanne, Puerto Rican singer
  • Jun 30 Philip Anselmo, American musician
  • Jul 3 Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jul 4 Jack Frost, American musician
  • Jul 5 Kenji Ito, Japanese composer
  • Jul 19 Robert Flynn, American musician (Machine Head)
  • Jul 20 Kool G Rap [Nathaniel Thomas Wilson], American rapper, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 23 Nick Menza, American musician and drummer (Megadeth), born in Munich, West Germany (d. 2016)
  • Jul 24 Kristin Chenoweth, American singer and actress
  • Jul 29 Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • Jul 30 Sean Moore, Welsh drummer (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • Aug 1 Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed), born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Aug 5 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • Aug 7 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot)
  • Aug 9 Sam Fogarino, American musician (Interpol)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 1 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

May 20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • Jul 6 US Army General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr (33) weds Brenda Halsinger

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Jazz musician Miles Davis (42) weds singer Betty Mabry (23)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Jazz trumpeter Quincy Jones Jr (35) weds actress Ulla Andersson (22)

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 31 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 9 Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant (19) weds Maureen Wilson (19)

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

Divorces in Music

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 16 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and 3rd wife actress Mia Farrow divorce after 2 years of marriage

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 22 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 8 Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from Beatle member John

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 9 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90
  • Feb 5 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Stuart Foster, singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • Feb 13 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • Feb 16 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 27 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 27 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • Mar 4 Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 6 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 16 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Argentine composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 15 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 21 Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • May 3 Leonid Sabaneyev, Russian composer, dies at 86
  • May 23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24 Bernard Rogers, American composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • May 26 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • May 27 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • Jun 2 André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • Jun 10 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 12 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, Bohemian German composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 14 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51
  • Jun 15 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Jul 7 Leo Sowerby, American composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), dies at 73
  • Jul 20 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • Jul 21 Ruth St. Denis, American modern dance pioneer and teacher (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91
  • Jul 26 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • Jul 30 Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 5 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 15 Edward Kilenyi, Sr. [Ede Kilényi], composer and teacher (Clipped Wings, Outside the Law), dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • Sep 1 Granville English, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 5 Juan Jose Castro, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 6 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • Sep 19 Red Foley, American country singer (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 58
  • Sep 20 Frank Pelleg, Czech-Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 24 Harry Robert Wilson, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 15 Franz Reizenstein, German-British composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 25 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 Marius Ulfrstad, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 31 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • Nov 2 Ernst Hess, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 6 Guillaume Landre, composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 6 Charles Munch, French conductor and violinist (b. 1891)
  • Nov 9 Jan Johansson, composer, dies at 37
  • Nov 11 Jeanne Demessieux, composer, dies at 47
  • Nov 25 Marcel Labey, composer, dies at 93
  • Nov 27 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 27 Hans Redlich, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 1 Dario Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Siegfried Reda, German church musician and composer, dies at 52
  • Dec 20 Max Brod, Czech-born Israeli composer, writer and biographer of Kafta, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
  • Dec 31 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, dies at 74