On This Day

Year 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam
  • Jan 3 "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances
  • Jan 3 "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 1508 performances
  • Jan 4 Beatles last recording session at EMI studios
  • Jan 31 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • Feb 4 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 23 performances
  • Feb 4 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • Feb 7 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 14 "Gantry" closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance
  • Feb 22 "Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Feb 26 "Georgy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Feb 26 Beatles release "Beatles Again" aka "Hey Jude" album
  • Feb 28 "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 4 performances

Film release premierFilm Release

Mar 5 "Airport" based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin is released

Actor Burt Lancaster
Actor
Burt Lancaster
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • Mar 6 Beatles release single "Let it Be" in UK

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 11 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius; Crosby Stills & Nash; Peggy Lee win
  • Mar 15 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
  • Mar 21 15th Eurovision Song Contest: Dana for Ireland wins singing "All Kinds of Everything" in Amsterdam
  • Mar 23 "Hello Darlin'" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1970)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 26 Musical "Minnie's Boys", starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

  • Mar 29 "Look to the Lilies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 25 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 30 Miles Davis's influential double album "Bitches Brew" released

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • Mar 30 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause", an adaptation of the 1950 film "All About Eve", premieres in NYC, runs for 900 performances
  • Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations
  • Apr 8 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 8 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Apr 11 Beatles' "Let It Be" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Apr 13 Greek composer and counter-revolutionist Mikis Theordorakis freed from Oropos concentration camp, and allowed to be exiled to France

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 13 5th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 14 "Boy Friend" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • Apr 15 "Cry for Us All" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Apr 17 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
  • Apr 19 "Look to the Lilies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • Apr 22 "Park" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 5 performances

  • Apr 25 "Park" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Apr 26 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company", directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC; runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards
  • May 7 "Long & Winding Road" becomes Beatles' last American release
  • May 8 Beatles release 12th, and final, studio album, "Let It Be", in conjunction with the film of the same name
  • May 13 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Grover Henson Feels Forgotten by Bill Cosby hits #70

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • May 18 Beatles' last released LP, "Let It Be", released in US
  • May 20 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • May 23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England
  • May 24 Peter Green quits Fleetwood Mac to join a religious cult
  • May 30 "Minnie's Boys" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Jun 1 "Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • Jun 3 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • Jun 7 The Who's "Tommy" is performed at NY's Lincoln Center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 13 "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Let It Be" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Long & Winding Road" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Jun 17 Led Zeppelin begin their last European tour

  • Jun 20 "Ray Stevens Show" debuts on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Rocker and singer Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • Jul 3 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival
  • Jul 18 "Boy Friend" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • Jul 25 "(They Long to Be) Close to You" sung by the Carpenters reaches #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Aug 7 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac

Music ConcertJim Morrison's Trial

Aug 10 Jim Morrison's trial for "lewd and lascivious behavior" begins in Miami

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Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Elton John's 1st US appearance (Troubador - West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Music releaseMusic Recording

Aug 27 Jimi Hendrix creates his last studio recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, an instrumental called "Slow Blues"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Aug 28 "I'll Be There" single by The Jackson 5 is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1970)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Bill Haley & His Comets reject $30,000 for 15 date tour of Australia

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • Sep 4 Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova defects to the West while on tour with the Kirov Ballet in London and is granted political asylum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Sep 20 Jim Morrison found guilty of "open profanity and indecent exposure" after allegedly exposing himself at a concert in Miami in 1969

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 25 Ringo Starr releases his album "Beaucoups of Blues"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Sep 28 TV game show "Words & Music" debuts on NBC
  • Oct 1 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy
  • Oct 3 "Coco" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances
  • Oct 14 4th Country Music Association Award: Merle Haggard wins

  • Oct 27 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Oct 31 Jim Morrison is sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine for indecent exposure and open profanity, though remains free on a $50,000 bond pending appeal
  • Nov 3 "President's Daughter" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • Nov 7 "Purlie" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 689 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 10 Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin's musical "Two by Two" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 343 performances

Composer Richard Rodgers
Composer
Richard Rodgers
  • Nov 17 Elton John performs a live studio concert broadcast for WABC in New York City, later released as his 11-17-70 album

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 23 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord" single in the US

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases his triple album set "All Things Must Pass"
  • Nov 29 Charles Ives' "Yale-Princeton" premieres
  • Dec 2 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • Dec 18 "Me Nobody Knows" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 587 performances

Meeting of InterestElvis Meets Nixon

Dec 21 Elvis Presley meets US President Richard Nixon in the White House - the image of this meeting is the most requested photo from the entire National Archives

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Richad Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House, December 21, 1970
Richad Nixon meets Elvis Presley at the White House, December 21, 1970
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  • Dec 27 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at St James Theater NYC after 2844 performances
  • Dec 28 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" opens at Majestic NYC for 19 performances
  • Dec 31 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Robert Fertitta, American operatic countertenor, born in New York City
  • Jan 2 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian pop singer ("I Admit"), born in Târgu Mureș, Transylvania, Romania.
  • Jan 9 Lara Fabian, Canadian-Belgian singer, born in Etterbeek, Belgium
  • Jan 9 Alex Staropoli, Italian keyboardist (Rhapsody Of Fire), born in Trieste, Italy
  • Jan 11 Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer
  • Jan 12 Raekwon [Corey Woods], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 12 Zack de la Rocha, American rock musician (Rage Against the Machine), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 18 DJ Quik [David Marvin Blake], American rapper (Quik Is the Name), born in Compton, California
  • Jan 20 Mitch Benn, English comedian and musician, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Mark Trojanowski, American musician (Sister Hazel)
  • Jan 26 Kirk Franklin, American gospel singer, choir director, and 16 time Grammy Award winner, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 27 Emmanuel Pahud, French-Swiss flautist
  • Jan 28 Donald Tardy, American death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • Jan 31 (Amelia) "Minnie" Driver, British-American actress (Good Will Hunting; The Riches), and singer-songwriter (Everything I've Got in My Pocket), born in London, England
  • Feb 2 James Murphy, American electronic dance-punk rock musician and record producer (LCD Soundsystem - "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"), born in Princeton Junction, New Jersey,
  • Feb 3 Richard Kotzen, American rock musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician, born in Umeå, Sweden
  • Feb 12 Jim Creeggan, Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Toronto
  • Feb 13 Karoline Krüger, Norwegian singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Feb 15 Gloria Trevi, Mexican singer and songwriter (Que Hago Aqui?), born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Feb 16 Serdar Ortaç, Turkish pop singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Feb 17 Tim Mahoney, American rock guitarist (311), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 18 Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace), born in Toronto, Canada
  • Feb 27 Patricia Petibon, French opera singer, born in Montargis, France
  • Mar 2 Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
  • Mar 5 John Frusciante, American rock guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers - "The Zephyr Song"), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 10 Matt Barlow, American heavy metal singer (Ashes of Ares; Iced Earth), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Mar 10 Matt Barlow, American heavy metal vocalist (Ashes of Ares; Iced Earth; Pyramaze), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Mar 12 Roy Khan [Khantatat], Norwegian symphonic metal singer (Kamelot, 1997-2011; Conception, since 2018), born in Norway

Person of interestQueen Latifah

Mar 18 Queen Latifah [Dana Owen], American rapper and actress (Living Single, Chicago), born in Newark, New Jersey

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • Mar 22 Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer-songwriter
  • Mar 24 Sharon Corr, Irish celtic pop-rock violinist (The Corrs - "What Can I Do"), born Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
  • Mar 24 Pasemaster Mase [Vincent Mason], American rapper (De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 27 Brendan Hill, American drummer (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), born in London, England
  • Apr 2 Deva Premal [Jolantha Fries], German singer known for setting ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras into contemporary new age music, born in Nürnberg, Germany
  • Apr 5 Miho Hatori, Japanese singer and songwriter (Cibo Matto)
  • Apr 7 Leif Ove Andsnes, Norwegian classical pianist, born in Karmøy, Norway
  • Apr 9 Josh Todd [Gruber], American musician, singer (Buckcherry), and actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Kenny Lattimore, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Never Too Busy"; "For You"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 10 Mike Mushok, American rock guitarist (Staind; Newsted; Saint Asonia), born in Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Apr 10 Q-Tip [Kamaal Fareed, born Jonathan Davis], American rapper, actor, record producer and DJ, born in Harlem, New York
  • Apr 11 Delroy Pearson, English rock vocalist (Five Star - "Between The Lines"), born in Islington, London
  • Apr 12 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Apr 14 Shizuka Kudō, Japanese singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Apr 14 Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Apr 17 Redman [Reginald Noble], American rapper, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Apr 18 Greg Eklund, American drummer (Everclear, 1994-2003), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 19 Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican-Mexican spanish singer (Me Gustas Tal Como Eres), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 21 Glen Hansard, Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Falling Slowly), born in Ballymum
  • Apr 22 Regine Velasquez, Filipino singer and actress
  • Apr 23 Dennis Culp, American singer and songwriter, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 26 T-Boz [Tionne Watkins], American R&B-pop singer (TLC -"Waterfalls"; "No Scrubs"), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Apr 26 Shane Evans, American drummer (Collective Soul, 1992-2005 - "Shine"; "The World I Know"), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Apr 29 China Forbes, American singer-songwriter (Pink Martini), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • May 4 Gregg Alexander, American pop-rock musician, songwriter, and producer (New Radicals- "You Get What You Give"), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • May 10 Perry Blake, Irish singer/songwriter
  • May 10 Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist, born in Caracas
  • May 10 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2018)
  • May 15 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), born in Jersey City (d. 2016)
  • May 15 Martin Rossiter, Welsh Musician
  • May 17 Jordan Knight, American singer-songwriter (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • May 23 Matt Flynn, American drummer (Maroon 5, since 2006 - "Moves Like Jagger", born in Woodstock, New York
  • May 24 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), born in Glenridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • Jun 1 Rene Liu "Milk Tea", Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actress, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jun 2 B-Real [Louis Freese], American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • Jun 3 Esther Hart, Dutch singer
  • Jun 3 Julie Masse, French Canadian singer
  • Jun 3 Peter Tägtgren, Swedish musician (Hypocrisy) and producer
  • Jun 4 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Jun 4 David Pybus, British extreme heavy metal bassist (Cradle Of Death), born in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 5 Claus Norreen, Danish songwriter and record producer (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Charlottenlund, Denmark
  • Jun 6 James Shaffer, American rock guitarist (Korn - "Here To Stay"), born in Rosedale, California
  • Jun 8 "Seu" Jorge [da Silva], Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, singer, and actor (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), born in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 10 Mike Doughty, American singer
  • Jun 11 Chris Rice, American contemporary Christian and folk music singer-songwriter ("When Did You Fall (In Love With Me)"), poet, and visual artist, born in Clinton, Maryland
  • Jun 13 Rivers Cuomo, American musician (Weezer - "Buddy Holly"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 15 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano
  • Jun 19 Brian Welch, American guitarist
  • Jun 19 Antonis Remos, Greek singer
  • Jun 21 Pete Rock, American rapper/producer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 22 Steven Page, Canadian singer/songwriter (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Jun 23 Yann Tiersen, French musician
  • Jun 24 Glenn Medeiros, American pop singer (Someday Love), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Jun 25 Roope Latvala, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jun 26 Irv Gotti [Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.], American record producer, born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 29 Mike Vallely, American skateboarder and singer (Black Flag), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • Jul 2 Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree)
  • Jul 2 Monie Love, English rapper

Person of interestAudra McDonald

Jul 3 Audra McDonald, American actress (Private Practice) and singer (6x Tony award winner), born in West Berlin

Actress and Singer Audra McDonald
Actress and Singer
Audra McDonald
  • Jul 5 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2004)
  • Jul 6 Inspectah Deck [Jason Hunter], American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 6 Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Jul 6 Martin Smith, English singer (Delirious?), born in London, England
  • Jul 7 Robia LaMorte, American actress and dancer, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 8 Beck [Bek David Campbell], American singer (Morning Phase), born in Los Angeles
  • Jul 10 Helen Sjöholm, Swedish singer and actress
  • Jul 10 Gary LeVox, American singer (Rascal Flatts)
  • Jul 10 Jason Orange, English singer and musician (Take That), born in Lancashire, England
  • Jul 13 Steven J Brown, American rock guitarist (Trixter-Give It To Me Good), born in Hackensack, New Jersey

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 20 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Barnett, (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London; (divorce in 1980)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

LoveWedding of Interest

May 11 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (22) weds Jenny Boyd (23)

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 21 "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) "marries" author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony, but the marriage is not legally binding

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Aug 2 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif
  • Aug 4 "The Beach Boys" drummer Dennis Wilson (25) weds Barbara Charren (24)

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 1 "The Bee Gees" singer Barry Gibb (24) weds former Miss Edinburgh Linda Ann Gray

Bee Gees Singer Barry Gibb
Bee Gees Singer
Barry Gibb

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Singer Stevie Wonder (20) marries Rita Wright [Syreeta] (24)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 2 Scottish singer Donovan (24) weds Linda Lawrence at Windsor Registry Office

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins in Barnwell, South Carolina

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 31 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 8 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) divorces singer Michelle Phillips (26) only 8 days after getting married

Actor and Director Dennis Hopper
Actor and Director
Dennis Hopper

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), dies at 64
  • Jan 17 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • Jan 17 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 24 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • Jan 25 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, dies at 92
  • Jan 31 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Feb 1 Blaz Arnic, Slovenian composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 André Souris, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • Mar 16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • Mar 16 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22
  • Mar 20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, Dutch oboist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53
  • Apr 21 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • May 3 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), dies at 82
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Jun 10 Earl Grant, American American pop pianist, organist, and singer, dies in a car crash in New Mexico at 39
  • Jun 16 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Barry Wood, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 61
  • Jul 29 John Barbirolli, English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • Aug 5 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • Sep 2 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63
  • Sep 3 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

Person of interestJimi Hendrix

Sep 18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Sep 23 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • Sep 25 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 1 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 1 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 2 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Bo Linde, Swedish composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJanis Joplin

Oct 4 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey [James Ramey], vocalist (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies
  • Oct 28 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99
  • Nov 6 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 (Harold Eugene) "Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • Nov 18 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • Nov 24 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 29 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • Dec 24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Alchemist), dies at 91