On This Day

Year 1973 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 7 "Purlie" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • Jan 8 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 13 "Tricks" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 14 "Aloha from Hawaii", an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 30 Rock band Kiss plays their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY
  • Feb 2 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • Feb 3 Dr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
  • Feb 4 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 861 performances
  • Feb 6 "Shelter" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 31 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 6 Drummer Buddy Rich plays influential performance at the Top of the Plaza, Richmond New York, later televised by PBS

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 7 The Stooges release their 3rd album "Raw Power"

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • Feb 13 Musical "El Grande de Coca-Cola" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 19 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" single released by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)
  • Feb 25 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music" premieres at Shubert Theatre in NYC (601 performances)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 26 8th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Donna Fargo win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

  • Mar 1 Robert Joffrey Dance Company opens

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 1 Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Mar 3 "Shelter" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 31 performances
  • Mar 4 15th Grammy Awards: 1st Time Ever I Saw Your Face, America

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 Paul & Linda McCartney are fined £100 for growing cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Mar 13 "Irene" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 605 performances
  • Mar 18 "Seesaw" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 296 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in USA

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Apr 7 18th Eurovision Song Contest: Anne-Marie David for Luxembourg wins singing "Tu te reconnaitras" in Luxembourg

Music releaseMusic Recording

Apr 19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 26 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" including "My Love"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 4 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
  • May 12 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • May 13 "Cyrano" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • May 17 "Nash at Nine" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 21 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Stevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Love"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • May 19 "Daisy A Day" by Jud Strunk hits #14

  • May 19 "Smith" opens at Eden Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • May 20 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St James Theater NYC after 613 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • May 26 Beatles' "Beatles 1967-1970" album goes #1
  • May 26 Funky Worm by Ohio Players hits #15
  • May 26 Super Fly Meets Shaft by John & Ernest hits #31
  • May 26 Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata premieres
  • Jun 1 George Harrison's "Living in the Material World" goes gold
  • Jun 1 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Live & Let Die"
  • Jun 2 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Jun 3 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Jun 15 “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard R&B Song of the Year 1973, #4 overall)

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
  • Jun 22 George Harrison releases "Living in the Material World"
  • Jun 23 "Cyrano" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Jun 23 "Sugar" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 506 performances
  • Jun 26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • Jul 1 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 performances
  • Jul 2 "You've Never Been This Far Before" single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year 1973)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Phil Everly storms off stage declaring an end to Everly Brothers

Singer Phil Everly
Singer
Phil Everly
  • Jul 15 Ray Davies announces his retirement from The Kinks then attempts suicide
  • Jul 25 George Harrison pays £1,000,000 tax on his Bangladesh concert & album

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 26 Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer
  • Jul 29 Led Zeppelin have more than $200,000 in cash stolen from a safety-deposit box at the New York Hilton
  • Aug 6 Stevie Wonder involved in car crash, goes into a 4 day coma
  • Aug 9 Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit the Wings group founded by Paul McCartney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Drummer Gene Krupa plays for the final time with the Benny Goodman Quartet

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • Aug 19 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • Aug 25 Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers, breaks a leg in a car crash
  • Aug 28 Bobby "Boris" Pickett's song "Monster Mash" goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple goes gold
  • Aug 28 "Let's Get It On" 13th studio album by Marvin Gaye is released
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • Sep 5 "Desert Song" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • Sep 16 "Desert Song" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Sep 22 "A Little Night Music" opens at Majestic Theater on Broadway
  • Sep 27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)
  • Sep 29 "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" by Looking Glass peaks at #33
  • Sep 29 "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk peaks at #1

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 5 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" 7th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 15 7th Country Music Association Award: Roy Clark wins
  • Oct 18 Judd Woldon & Robert Britten's musical"Raisin" opens at 46th St Theater, NYC for 847 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 19 Ringo Starr releases music single "Photograph" in the UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

AustraliaSydney Opera House

Oct 20 Queen Elizabeth II opens the Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, New South Wales, Australia
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  • Oct 24 John Lennon sues US government to admit FBI is tapping his phone
  • Oct 26 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
  • Nov 1 "Molly" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Nov 2 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" airs on CBS TV
  • Nov 10 "Ship Ahoy" album by The O'Jays is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1974)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 12 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th String Quartet premieres

  • Nov 13 "Gigi" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 103 performances
  • Nov 14 "Good Evening" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 438 performances
  • Nov 16 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" album
  • Dec 5 Paul McCartney & Wings release album "Band on the Run" in the US
  • Dec 7 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Band on the Run" in the UK
  • Dec 8 "Seesaw" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 296 performances
  • Dec 9 "Pajama Game" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Dec 19 "Molly" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 68 performances

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 25 "The Sting" directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford and music inspired by Scott Joplin premieres in Los Angeles and New York (Best Picture 1974)

Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford
Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 5 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 7 Jonna Tervomaa, Finnish singer, born in Forssa, Finland
  • Jan 8 Mark Knight, British musician, born in Brighton, England
  • Jan 9 Sean Paul, Jamaican dancehall singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 12 Dan Haseltine, American singer (Jars of Clay), born in Hampton, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Matt Wong, American musician (Reel Big Fish), born in Hilo, Hawaii
  • Jan 12 Hande Yener, Turkish singer, born in Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 18 Crispian Mills, British singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kula Shaker), born in London, England
  • Jan 19 Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist, born in Tampere, Finland
  • Feb 1 Yuri Landman, Dutch instrument inventor & musician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands
  • Feb 2 Sergio Gonzalez, rocker (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Feb 5 Trijntje Oosterhuis, Dutch singer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 11 Ethan Iverson, American pianist, composer, and critic, born in Menomonie, Wisconsin
  • Feb 11 Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Feb 21 Heri Joensen, Faroese musician, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • Feb 21 Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer & TV host, born in Hong Kong
  • Feb 22 Scott "Flip" Phillips, American songwriter, drummer and record producer (Creed; Alter Bridge), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
  • Feb 24 James Michael Kennedy, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 24 Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)
  • Feb 25 Justin Jeffre, American singer (98 Degrees)
  • Feb 25 Julio José Iglesias, Spanish singer
  • Mar 1 Carlo Resoort, Dutch DJ and producer (4 Strings)
  • Mar 3 Matthew Marsden, English actor and singer
  • Mar 7 Sébastien Izambard, operatic pop singer (Il Divo)
  • Mar 8 Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer (The Gathering)
  • Mar 10 John LeCompt, American guitarist
  • Mar 13 David Draiman, American musician and songwriter (Disturbed), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 16 Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
  • Mar 22 Beverley Knight, English singer
  • Mar 25 Anders Fridén, Swedish singer (In Flames)
  • Mar 30 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Apr 3 Kelly Price, American R&B vocalist (Friend of Mine), born in Queens, New York

Person of interestPharrell Williams

Apr 5 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Apr 6 Rie Miyazawa, Japanese actress/singer
  • Apr 10 Aidan Moffat, Scottish musician (Arab Strap), born in Falkirk, Scotland
  • Apr 14 David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo), born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Apr 16 Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Nantan, Kyoto, Japan
  • Apr 16 Akon [Thiam], Senegalese American singer-songwriter and producer (Trouble, Lonely, Smack That), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 25 Fredrik Larzon, Swedish drummer (Millencolin), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • May 4 Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Lithuanian composer (In Search Of Lost Beauty...), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • May 14 Shanice [Wilson], vocalist (Discovery, Loving You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 Natalie Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • May 17 Josh Homme, American musician and songwriter
  • May 17 Steve Barakatt, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • May 20 Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • May 24 Ruslana [Lyzhychko], Ukrainian singer and songwriter, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • May 29 Mark Lee, American musician (guitarist for Third Day)
  • Jun 5 Daniel Gildenlöw, Swedish musician and songwriter
  • Jun 10 Faith Evans, American singer
  • Jun 13 Ville Laihiala, Finnish heavy metal singer (Sentenced, Poisonblack), born in Oulu, Finland
  • Jun 13 Kasia Kowalska, Polish pop rock singer and actress, born in Sulejówek, Poland
  • Jun 14 Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian singer
  • Jun 20 Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)
  • Jun 23 Marie N, Latvian singer
  • Jun 26 Gretchen Wilson, American country music singer (Redneck Woman), born in Pocahontas, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor and band leader (Cochise), born in Szczecinek, Poland
  • Jun 26 Amen [Jussi Antero Sydänmaa], Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Jul 4 Gackt, Japanese singer, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Jul 5 Bengt Lagerberg, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Jönköping, Sweden
  • Jul 5 Róisín Murphy, Irish dance-pop singer, songwriter, and record producer (Moloko), born in Arklow, Wicklow, Ireland
  • Jul 11 Andrew Bird, American indie rock singer/musician/songwriter (Are You Serious), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Jul 15 John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born drummer (System of a Down)
  • Jul 17 Tony Dovolani, Albanian ballroom dancer, born in Prishtina, Kosovo
  • Jul 19 Martin Powell, English musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • Jul 22 Daniel Jones, Australian rock musician (Savage Garden), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • Jul 22 Rufus Wainwright, Canadian-American singer, born in Rhinebeck, New York
  • Jul 23 Fran[cis] Healy, Scottish rock musician (Travis), born in Stafford, England
  • Jul 23 Himesh Reshammiya, Indian Bollywood composer, singer and actor.
  • Jul 25 Dani Filth, British singer (Cradle of Filth), born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Jul 27 Abe Cunningham, American musician (Deftones), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jul 29 Wanyá Morris, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 29 James Otto, American country singer (MuzikMafia), born in Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Jul 30 Sonu Nigam, Indian playback singer, born in Haryana, India
  • Jul 31 Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 8 Scott Stapp, American singer (Creed)
  • Aug 14 Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way"), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Aug 28 DJ Assault [Craig De Shan Adams], American musician, born in Detroit
  • Aug 29 Vincent Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England
  • Sep 1 J. D. Fortune, Canadian singer (INXS)
  • Sep 3 Norihiko Hibino, Japanese video game composer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 5 Paddy Considine, English actor and musician, born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Sep 13 Kelly Chen, Hong Kong singer and actress, born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 14 Nas [Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones] American rapper (It Was Written), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 18 Ami Onuki, Japanese singer (Puffy AmiYumi), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 19 Jeremy Jordan, American singer and actor, born in Hammond, Indiana
  • Sep 23 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian concert, born in Buenos Aires
  • Sep 26 Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 27 Chris Demakes, American singer/guitarist (Less Than Jake), born in Florida
  • Sep 28 Jori Hulkkonen, Finnish electronic musician
  • Sep 29 Scout Niblett, British singer/songwriter
  • Oct 2 Lene Nystrøm, Norwegian Eurodance-pop singer (Aqua), born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • Oct 9 Terry Balsamo, American guitarist (Evanescence), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 9 Fabio Lione, Italian musician (Rhapsody), born in Pisa, Italy
  • Oct 11 Mike Smith, American guitarist (Snot, Limp Bizkit), born in Middle River, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Brendan B. Brown (BBB), American musician (Wheatus), born in Northport, New York
  • Oct 13 Roger Lima [Manganelli], Brazilian ska singer and bassist (Less Than Jake), born in Porto Alegre
  • Oct 15 Dax Riggs, American musician (Acid Bath), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Oct 19 Laurent Brancowitz [Mazzalai], French guitarist (Phoenix), born in Versailles, France

Weddings in Music

  • Sep 17 "The Osmonds" lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond (20) weds Mary Carlson

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 3 Wilbur De Paris, American swing and Dixieland jazz trombone player, dies at 72
  • Jan 11 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • Jan 15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • Jan 26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 29 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 3 Edward Lockspeiser, British composer and musicologist (Debussy: His Life and Mind), dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Benjamin Frankel, British composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 27 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 5 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • Mar 6 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • Mar 12 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 18 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Antoni Szalowski, Polish composer, dies at 65

Person of interestNoël Coward

Mar 26 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever, Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve-1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Mar 26 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • Mar 27 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 31 Kurt Thomas, German composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 2 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 16 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • Apr 20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • May 2 June Hutton [Cowan], American pop vocalist (The Pied Pipers; Afterglow), dies at 52
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian organist, conductor and composer, dies at 79
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • Jun 8 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 13 Alvin Derold Etler, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 13 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 22 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 26 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 29 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • Jul 1 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestBetty Grable

Jul 2 Betty Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • Jul 3 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
  • Jul 11 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Martian Negrea, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds), killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • Jul 23 Marius-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • Jul 30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • Aug 1 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 4 Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), commits suicide at 32
  • Aug 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44 (b. 1928)
  • Aug 24 Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 6 William Henry Harris, English composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 12 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Victor Jara, Chilean musician (b. 1941)
  • Sep 17 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 19 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Sep 20 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Jim Croce, American rock vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Sep 20 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), dies in a plane crash at 24
  • Sep 23 Manuel Borguno, Spanish composer and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 16 Gene Krupa, US jazz and swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • Oct 29 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, German composer, and music educator, dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Stringbean, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • Nov 11 Stringbean [David Akeman], American banjoist and comedian (Hee Haw), dies at 58
  • Nov 13 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Nov 20 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah), dies from emphysema at 48
  • Nov 26 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), electrocuted at 31
  • Nov 27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • Dec 3 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • Dec 6 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 14 Yitzhak Edel, Israeli composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 15 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 17 Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer and lawyer (Novella), dies at 64
  • Dec 20 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer (Mack the Knife), dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Dec 22 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 30 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101