1969 in Music

Events in Music

Events 1 - 100 of 112

  • Jan 2 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in NJ

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jan 4 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" closes at Broadhurst NYC after 4 performances
  • Jan 5 "Maggie Flynn" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 82 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 5 Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • Jan 6 Supremes release "I'm Livin' In Shame"
  • Jan 11 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • Jan 12 "Golden Rainbow" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances
  • Jan 12 Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
  • Jan 22 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 110 performances
  • Jan 26 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend wage a battle of guitars

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Jan 30 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London
  • Feb 3 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 122 performances
  • Feb 4 Beatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
  • Feb 6 Jerry Herman's "Dear World" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 132 performances

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 7 "This Is Tom Jones" debuts on ABC TV

Singer Tom Jones
Singer
Tom Jones

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 17 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Feb 17 "Cloud Nine" 9th studio album by The Temptations is released (Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group 1969, Billboard Album of the Year 1969)
  • Feb 25 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
  • Mar 1 "Red, White, & Maddox" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 After 88 weeks the Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonly Hearts Club Band drops off the charts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Jim Morrison allegedly exposes himself on stage at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Florida

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Mar 2 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 12 11th Grammy Awards: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" by Glen Campbell wins best record

Actor and Country Singer Glen Campbell
Actor and Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Mar 16 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • Mar 18 "Come Summer" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Mar 22 "Come Summer" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Mar 25 John Lennon and Yoko Ono stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam)
  • Mar 29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 George Harrison & Patti Boyd are fined £250 each for illegal drugs

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 14 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Actress
Katharine Hepburn
Actor Cliff Robertson
Actor
Cliff Robertson
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumors he is dead

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 26 "Celebration" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 110 performances
  • Apr 26 "George M!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 435 performances
  • Apr 28 4th Academy of Country Music Awards: Glen Campbell and Cathie Taylor win
  • Apr 29 "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 performances
  • May 3 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 16 The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey charged with assault
  • May 17 "My Wife, My Dog, My Cat" by Maskman & The Agents hits #92
  • May 18 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • May 23 The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
  • May 24 Beatles' "Get Back" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
  • May 24 "Sugar, Sugar" single released by The Archies (Billboard Song of the Year 1969)
  • May 26 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their 2nd bed-in for peace (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal)
  • May 31 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 31 Stevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amore"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US
  • Jun 4 Nicky Hopkins quits rock & rolls, Jeff Beck Group

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jun 7 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • Jun 9 Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones after developing a serious drug problem
  • Jun 11 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 13 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones
  • Jun 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show
  • Jun 20 150,000 attend Newport '69, Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear
  • Jun 21 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Jun 21 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jun 27 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival
  • Jul 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are admitted to hospital after a car crash
  • Jul 2 Leslie West & Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain
  • Jul 3 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 4 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jul 5 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 11 David Bowie releases the single "Space Oddity" 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jul 11 Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman"
  • Jul 22 Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit
  • Jul 25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
  • Jul 30 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Aug 1 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival
  • Aug 2 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion
  • Aug 9 "Zorba" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 305 performances

Music concertWoodstock Music and Art Fair

Aug 15 Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm
More >>

  • Aug 16 Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY
  • Aug 18 Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act
  • Aug 22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • Aug 30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • Aug 30 25,000 attend 2nd Annual Sky River Rock Festival, Tenino Wash
  • Aug 31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival
  • Sep 6 "Cabaret" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Plastic Ono Band's (John, Yoko & Eric Clapton) 1st live performance

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Sep 20 Archies' "Sugar Sugar" hits #1
  • Sep 22 "Music Scene" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 26 The Beatles release "Abbey Road" album
  • Oct 9 Supremes release "Someday We'll Be Together"
  • Oct 10 "Jesus Christ Superstar" soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Rod Stewart joins Small Faces

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Oct 19 J Bock and S Harnicks musical "Rothschilds" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 505 performances
  • Oct 23 "Jimmy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 84 performances
  • Oct 31 George Harrison's "Something" is released in UK
  • Nov 1 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • Nov 7 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their second album "Wedding Album" in UK

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 156

  • Jan 3 Nikki Nelson, Topaz Lake Nev, country singer (Highway 101-Cry Cry Cry)
  • Jan 5 Marilyn Manson, singer/musician

Person of interestR. Kelly

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

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 8 Jeff Abercrombie, American musician
  • Jan 8 Teresa Salguerio, Portuguese singer (Madredeus), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jan 14 Dave Grohl, drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • Jan 18 Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer (Rent, The Flash), born in Rocky Mount, Virginia
  • Jan 20 Nicky Wire, British Musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • Jan 25 Jesse Harte, Rome Ga, heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • Jan 25 Kina [Cosper], American singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 27 Cornelius [Keigo Oyamada], Japanese musician and producer (Flipper's Guitar), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 27 Michael Kulas, Canadian singer (James)
  • Jan 29 Hyde [Hideto Takarai], Japanese singer, born in Wakayama
  • Feb 1 Joshua Redman, American musician
  • Feb 1 Patrick Wilson, American musician (Drummer for Weezer)
  • Feb 4 Duncan Coutts, Canadian bassist (Our Lady Peace)
  • Feb 5 Bobby Brown, Roxbury Ma, US singer-songwriter ("My Prerogative")
  • Feb 12 Meja [Meja Anna Pernilla Kullersten], Swedish singer-songwriter (How Crazy Are You?), born in Nynäshamn, Stockholm County
  • Feb 13 Ahlam [Ahlah Ali Al Shamsi], Bahraini singer, born in Manama, Bahrain
  • Feb 15 Birdman [Bryan Williams], US record executive and rapper, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 19 Burton C. Bell, American vocalist
  • Feb 21 James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter (Manic Street Preachers), born in Pontypool, Wales
  • Feb 21 Eric Wilson, American musician
  • Feb 21 Corey Harris, American blues and reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 22 Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer
  • Feb 22 Byron Stroud, American bassist
  • Feb 26 Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer
  • Feb 27 Brad Vander Ark, American musician
  • Feb 28 Elisa Fiorillo, singer (Forgive Me For Dreaming)
  • Feb 28 Patrick Monahan, American singer (Train)
  • Mar 1 Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals)
  • Mar 4 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • Mar 5 MC Solaar, French rapper
  • Mar 7 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore)
  • Mar 10 Ricky Seagall, rocker (Partridge Family)
  • Mar 11 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (d. 2006)
  • Mar 12 Graham Coxon, singer (Blur)
  • Mar 15 Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • Mar 19 Gary Jules, American singer and songwriter
  • Mar 25 Cathy Dennis, English singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Mar 28 James Atkin, rocker (EMF-Unbelievable), born in Birmingham
  • Mar 28 Rodney Atkins, American country music singer-songwriter (Honesty), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Mar 30 Marco Foddis, pop drummer (Pestilence)
  • Apr 11 Cerys Matthews, Welsh singer and songwriter (Catatonia), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Apr 11 Chisato Moritaka, Japanese singer, born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
  • Apr 14 Martyn LeNoble, Dutch musician
  • Apr 22 Craig Logan, Scotland, rock bassist (Bros Front, Bon Jovi-New Jersey)
  • Apr 27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • Apr 27 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina (Strictly Come Dancing), born in London
  • Apr 30 Joey Restivo, rocker (Linear-I Never Felt This Way, Lies), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 30 Warren Defever, American musician, composer
  • May 9 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • May 13 Buckethead [Brian Carroll], American underground guitarist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 13 André Schmechta, German musician (X Marks the Pedwalk, Scarecrow), born in Germany
  • May 14 Danny Wood, American musician (New Kids), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 15 Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • May 17 Alan Doyle, Canadian musician (Great Big Sea)
  • May 18 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer (Toy Soldiers), born in Whittier, California
  • May 24 Rich Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker)
  • May 29 Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)
  • Jun 3 Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese musician
  • Jun 5 Brian McKnight, American musician
  • Jun 6 Douglas Lee Mitchell, Miles Mi, heavy metal artist (Southgang)
  • Jun 9 Mitch McLee, [Douglas Lee Mitchell], Miles Mi, drummer (Southgang)
  • Jun 11 Nancy Blogg, Swiss dancer (Josephine)
  • Jun 11 Steven Drozd, American drummer
  • Jun 12 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian guitarist (Omen, Bikini) (d. 2007)
  • Jun 13 Jamie Walters, American actor and singer (The Heights, Beverly Hills 90210), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 13 Søren Rasted, Danish musician (Aqua), born in Blovstrød
  • Jun 14 MC Ren, American rapper

Person of interestIce Cube

Jun 15 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube
  • Jun 17 Kevin Thornton, Amarillo, vocalist (Color Me Badd-Want to Sex You Up)
  • Jun 18 Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • Jun 24 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian singer
  • Jun 26 Colin Greenwood, English musician (Radiohead), born in Oxford, England

Person of interestJenni Rivera

Jul 2 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter (Jenni, 2008), born in Long Beach, California

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • Jul 3 Kevin Hearn, Canadian musician (Barenaked Ladies), born in Grimsby, Ontario
  • Jul 5 RZA, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)
  • Jul 6 Michael Grant, vocalist (Musical Youth)
  • Jul 7 Nathalie Simard, French Canadian singer
  • Jul 8 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • Jul 11 David Tao, Taiwanese singer-songwriter
  • Jul 12 Jesse Pintado, American guitarist (Napalm Death) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 20 Tobi Vail, American musician (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies)
  • Jul 21 Emerson Hart, American musician (Tonic)
  • Jul 22 Despina Vandi, Greek singer

Person of interestJennifer Lopez

Jul 24 Jennifer Lopez, actress and pop singer (Selena), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez
  • Jul 25 Trevor Peres, American metal guitarist (Obituary-The End Complete)
  • Aug 2 Jan Axel Blomberg Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem)
  • Aug 2 Richard Hallebeek, Dutch guitarist
  • Aug 4 Max Cavalera, Brazilian rock vocalist/guitarist (Sepultura)
  • Aug 6 Elliott Smith, American musician (d. 2003)
  • Aug 8 Faye Wong, Hong Kong cantopop singer-songwriter and actress ( Chungking Express), born in Beijing, China
  • Aug 11 Eddie Garcia, LA, actor/musician (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • Aug 11 Jonah Matranga, American singer
  • Aug 17 Donald E Wahlberg Jr, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Masta Killa, American rapper
  • Aug 18 Everlast, American musician
  • Aug 19 Nate Dogg, American rapper
  • Aug 19 Clay Walker, American singer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Country singer Tammy Wynette (26) weds musician George Jones (37)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 12 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 20 Beatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jul 26 "The 5th Dimension" lead vocalist Marilyn McCoo (25) weds fellow bandmate Billy Davis, Jr. (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 12 Director Blake Edwards (47) weds "The Sound of Music" actress Julie Andrews (34) in Beverly Hills

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
  • Dec 17 50m TV viewers watch singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky, on "The Tonight Show"

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 4 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 9 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • Jan 16 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Jan 17 Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 23 Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • Jan 27 Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 31 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Joseph Messner, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader & entertainer (b. 1889)
  • Apr 8 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 11 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish composer, dies at 37
  • Apr 28 Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70
  • May 3 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, American composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • Jun 13 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53

Person of interestJudy Garland

Jun 22 Judy Garland, American singer and actress (The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 27 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • Jun 29 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 3 Brian Jones [Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones], English musician (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 27
  • Jul 3 Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 7 Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 20 Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • Jul 25 Douglas Stuart Moore, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 28 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Most Happy Fella), dies at 59
  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 18 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 31 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), dies at 72
  • Sep 1 William Flanagan, composer, dies at 46
  • Sep 5 Henk Bijvanck, Dutch composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • Sep 5 Josh White, American blues, folk and gospel musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 18 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 3 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 30 Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, composer, dies at 55
  • Nov 4 Ferenc Szabó, Hungarian composer (Lúdas Matyi, Légy jó mindhalálig), dies at 66
  • Nov 12 Louis van Tulder, tenor (Kantoorkruk to high C), dies at 77
  • Nov 18 Leon Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 18 Ted Heath, British musician and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • Nov 22 Acario Cotapos, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • Dec 4 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 10 Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni,Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69