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Year 1974 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 8 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 12 "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1
  • Jan 17 Styne, Comdem & Green's musical "Lorelei" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 27 "Lorelei" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 320 performances

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Feb 3 "Pajama Game" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Feb 9 "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
  • Feb 9 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
  • Feb 10 "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 103 performances
  • Feb 13 "Rainbow Jones" opens & closes at Music Box Theater NYC
  • Feb 19 1st American Music Awards: Helen Reddy & Jim Croce win

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 1 George Harrison announces his concert tour of US in November

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Mar 2 16th Grammy Awards: Roberta Flack Best Record - "Killing Me Softly", Stevie Wonder Best Album - "Innervisions"

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder
  • Mar 3 "Sextet" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 5 "Candide" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 740 performances
  • Mar 6 "Over Here!" musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)

  • Mar 10 "Sextet" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 25 9th Academy of Country Music Awards: Charlie Rich and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 28 Rock group Raspberries breakup
  • Apr 6 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Apr 6 19th Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA for Sweden wins singing "Waterloo" in Brighton, England
  • Apr 16 "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Apr 20 Paul McCartney & Wings release single "Band on the Run" in the US

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 6 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • May 11 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"

Singer Donald Fagen
Singer
Donald Fagen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 15th String quartet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • May 26 During a David Cassidy concert at London's White City, a 14-year old is trampled, and dies four days later
  • May 28 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater, NYC; runs for 1859 performances
  • Jun 1 "My Girl Bill" by Jim Stafford hits #12
  • Jun 8 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits rock group "Yes" (for the first time)
  • Jun 10 "Feel Like Makin' Love" single released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)

  • Jun 15 Novelty song "The Streak" by Ray Stevens hits #1 on UK pop chart

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 15 "Back Home Again" 8th studio album by John Denver is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1975)

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jul 17 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 John Lennon is ordered to leave US in 60 days

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 David Bowie's "Diamond Dog" tour ends in NYC

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • Aug 3 "Words & Music" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 127 performances
  • Aug 3 Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers
  • Aug 5 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Aug 23 John Lennon reports seeing a UFO in NYC
  • Sep 7 "Irene" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 16 Bob Dylan records Blood on the Tracks

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 23 "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 120 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Aretha Franklin peaks at #47

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Sep 28 "I'm A Ramblin' Man" by Waylon Jennings peaks at #75
  • Sep 28 "Live It Up Part 1" by Isley Brothers peaks at #52

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Sep 28 "Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim peaks at #1
  • Sep 28 "Surfin' USA" by Beach Boys reenters chart & peaks at #36

  • Sep 28 John Lennon appears as guest DJ on WNEW-FM (NYC)
  • Sep 28 British rock guitarist Mick Ronson joins Mott the Hoople
  • Oct 4 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" album featuring No. 1 single "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"
  • Oct 6 "Mack & Mabel" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 66 performances
  • Oct 14 8th Country Music Association Award: Charlie Rich
  • Oct 17 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" closes at Playhouse NYC after 1065 per
  • Oct 18 Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise"
  • Oct 20 Bard's presentation of "Richard III" opens at Lincoln Center NYC
  • Oct 25 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th String Quartet premieres in Leningrad
  • Oct 25 Wings release single "Junior's Farm"
  • Nov 3 "Lorelei" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 320 performances
  • Nov 5 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Michelangelo songs

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 8 "Greatest Hits" 11th studio album by Elton John is released

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Nov 11 Operatic soprano Maria Callas makes her final public appearance in Sapporo, Japan
  • Nov 16 John Lennon's only solo #1 "Whatever Gets You Through the Night"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Nov 28 John Lennon's last concert appearance, as a guest of Elton John, Madison Square Garden, New York City NYC; they perform "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"; "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"; and "I Saw Her Standing There"
  • Nov 30 "Good Evening" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 438 performances
  • Nov 30 "Mack & Mabel" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 66 performances
  • Dec 6 George Harrison releases "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
  • Dec 20 George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK
  • Dec 23 "Good News" opens at St James Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Dec 23 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich' Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti song cycle in Leningrad
  • Dec 30 Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)
  • Dec 31 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Ian Moor, English singer, born in North Ferriby, United Kingdom
  • Jan 10 Akari Kaida, Japanese composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • Jan 10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor & musician (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • Jan 10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor & dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Person of interestMel C

Jan 12 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls - "Wannabee"), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
Mel C
  • Jan 17 Vesko Kountchev, Bulgarian musician, born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Jan 18 Christian Burns, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (BBMak), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 25 Jonathan Bryan Colling, American pop singer (4 Fun - Unbelievable Fun Boys), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 26 Rokia Traoré, Bambara Afro-beat and folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Tchamantché), born in Kolokani, Mali
  • Feb 8 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, French musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Daft Punk -"Get Lucky"), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • Feb 10 Ivri Lider, Israeli singer, born in Givat Haim (Ihud), Israel
  • Feb 11 D'Angelo [Michael Eugene Archer], American singer, songwriter, and record producer, born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestRobbie Williams

Feb 13 Robbie Williams, English singer (Take That, Feel, She's the One), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Feb 14 Filippa Giordano, Italian singer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Feb 15 Mr. Lordi [Tomi Petteri Putaansuu], Finnish singer (Lordi), born in Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Feb 16 Kimberly Whipkey, American pop singer (pcQuest - "Can't You See?"), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Feb 17 Kaoru, Japanese musician, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • Feb 17 Bryan White, American singer, born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Feb 21 Wish Bone [Charles C. Scruggs], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 22 James Blunt, English musician, born in Hampshire, England
  • Feb 23 Jaime Villarreal, Mexican musician
  • Feb 24 Chad Hugo, American musician and producer (The Neptunes)
  • Feb 24 Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • Mar 4 ICS Vortex [Simen Hestnæs], Norwegian vocalist (Arcturus)
  • Mar 6 Guy Garvey, British singer-songwriter (Elbow) and presenter (BBC 6 Music), born in Bury, Lancashire. England
  • Mar 7 Larry Bagby, American actor and musician (Buffy the Vampire Slyer), born in Marysville, California
  • Mar 7 Hugo Ferreira, Portuguese-American rock singer-songwriter (Tantric), born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola
  • Mar 15 John "Beatz" Holohan, American musician
  • Mar 24 Chad Butler, American Christian rock drummer (Switchfoot - "Mess Of Me"), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar 25 Finley Quaye, Scottish reggae singer and musician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 31 Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 1 Richard Christy, American heavy metal drummer (Charred Walls of the Damned), and radio personality (The Howard Stern Show), born in Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.
  • Apr 2 Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Apr 5 Sahaj Ticotin, American musician/producer (Ra)
  • Apr 8 Chino XL [Derek Keith Barbosa], American rapper and actor, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Apr 14 Shawntae Harris, American rapper, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Apr 16 Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Apr 16 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director, born in Beijing, China

Person of interestVictoria Beckham

Apr 17 Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer and fashion designer (Posh of The Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Apr 17 Mikael Åkerfeldt, Swedish guitarist and singer (Opeth), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Apr 18 Mark Tremonti, American rock guitarist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"; Alter Bridge -"Isolation"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 18 Millie Corretjer, Puerto Rican singer (De Hoy en Adelante), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 18 Madeleine Peyroux, American French jazz and blues singer-songwriter, born in Athens, Georgia
  • Apr 21 Michael Leonhart, American jazz and session trumpeter (Steely Dan; Yoko Ono; Rufus Wainwright), born in New York City
  • Apr 22 Shavo Odadjian, Armenian-American heavy metal bassist (System of a Down), born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Apr 23 Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol), born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 24 Brian Marshall, American rock bassist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Apr 29 Anggun, Indonesian French singer-songwriter, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Apr 29 Jasper Wood, Canadian violinist, born in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • May 2 Garðar Thór Cortes, Icelandic tenor, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • May 13 Tim McMahon, American hardcore singer (Mouthpiece, Hands Tied, Triple Threat)
  • May 15 Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank/rocker (Z, 2 Hip 4 TV)
  • May 16 Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • May 16 Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
  • May 21 Havoc [Kejuan Muchita], American rapper (Mobb Deep), born in Queensbridge, Queens, New York

Person of interestJewel Kilcher

May 23 Jewel Kilcher, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Pieces Of You"; "You Were Meant For Me"; "Standing Still"), born in Payson, Utah

Singer-Songwriter Jewel Kilcher
Singer-Songwriter
Jewel Kilcher
  • May 23 Mónica Naranjo, Spanish singer, born in Figueres, Spain
  • May 23 Charlie Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Seven Swords), born in Hong Kong
  • May 25 Frank Klepacki, American video game composer (Command & Conquer: Red Alert), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 30 Cee-Lo Green [Thomas Callaway], American Grammy winning singer-songwriter (Crazy, F*** You), reality TV judge (The Voice), record producer, and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 30 Big L [Lamont Coleman], American rapper (Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1999)
  • May 31 Adrian Tomine, American contemporary cartoonist (Optic Nerve; The New Yorker), and album art creator (The Eels; Yo La Tango), born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestAlanis Morissette

Jun 1 Alanis Morissette, Canadian-America vocalist (Jagged Little Pill), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette

Person of interestKelly Jones

Jun 3 Kelly Jones, Welsh singer (Stereophonics), born in Cwmaman, Wales

Singer Kelly Jones
Singer
Kelly Jones
  • Jun 4 Stefan Lessard, American bassist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jun 6 Uncle Kracker [Matthew Shafer], American singer and rapper ("Follow Me"; "Drift Away"), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • Jun 9 Samoth [Tomas Haugen], Norwegian black metal guitarist, drummer (Emperor, Zyklon), and arsonist, born in Hammerfest, Norway
  • Jun 13 Selma Bjornsdottir, Icelandic singer (All Out of Luck), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Jun 17 Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducet, Jamaican-British singer (with Shaggy - "It Wasn't Me"), born in Manchester, Jamaica
  • Jun 21 Neely Jenkins, American indie rocker (Tilley and the Wall), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Person of interestVijay

Jun 22 [C. Joseph] Vijay, Indian actor and singer (Poove Unakkaga), born in Madras (now Chennai), India

Actor and Singer Vijay
Actor and Singer
Vijay
  • Jun 25 Jim LaMarca, American bass guitarist (Chimaira), born in Strongsville, Ohio
  • Jun 25 Mario Calire, American drummer (Wallflowers; Ozomatli), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 26 Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jun 26 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer (The 4 Cats), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jun 28 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor, born Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2010)
  • Jul 2 Rocky Gray, American musician
  • Jul 8 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • Jul 9 Nikola Šarčević, Swedish rock bassist and singer (Millencolin), born in Örebro, Sweden
  • Jul 12 Sharon den Adel, Dutch singer (Within Temptation)
  • Jul 13 Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B singer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 15 Chot Ulep, Filipino musician, born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Jul 17 Laura Macdonald, Scottish jazz musician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Jul 22 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer (Meet Me at the Movies), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • Jul 26 Dan Konopka, American musician (OK Go)
  • Jul 27 Pete Yorn, American musician (Musicforthemorningafter), born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey
  • Aug 1 Chris Shinn, American singer and songwriter (Live, Unified Theory), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 2 Jeremy Castle, Oklahoma country singer and songwriter, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Aug 11 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
  • Aug 14 Martin Bulloch, Scottish musician (Mogwai), born in Blantyre, United Kingdom
  • Aug 14 Ana Matronic [Lynch], American alt-pop singer (Scissor Sisters), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 16 Killah Priest [Walter Reed], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 17 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese-American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Aug 20 Maxim Vengerov, Russian-Israeli violinist, born in Novosibirsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Aug 20 Amy Adams, American actress and singer (Arrival, Man of Steel, American Hustle), born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
  • Aug 20 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Aug 20 Andy Strachan, Australian musician (The Living End), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Aug 22 Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist (Le Vibrazioni), born in Milan, Italy
  • Aug 23 Shifty Shellshock [Seth Binzer], American musician (Crazy Town), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 24 Orla Fallon, Irish Vocalist for Celtic Woman, born in Knockananna, County Wicklow, Ireland

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 7 Actor Richard Harris (43) weds actress Ann Turkel (27)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White
  • Jul 16 "The Osmonds" singer Alan Osmond (25) weds Suzanne Pinegar at LDS Temple in Provo, Utah

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 19 Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

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

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 20 American singer and actress Cher (27) files for separation from husband singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (38)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 13 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

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

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Tex Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee), dies at 67
  • Jan 4 Karel Janeček, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 13 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Benedictions; Peau d'Ane), dies at 80
  • Feb 4 Mihail Andricu, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 15 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Harry Ruby [Harry Rubenstein], American composer and screenwriter, dies at 79
  • Feb 25 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), dies at 67
  • Mar 1 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), dies of cirrhosis, at 38
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 10 Quinto Maganini, American composer (The Argonauts), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dorothy Fields, American singer (Way you Look Tonight), dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist (That's Alright), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist, dies in a car accident at 32
  • Apr 1 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor and singer (King of Jazz; Soup to Nuts; Good News), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter ("Malinconia d'amore"), dies at 68
  • Apr 17 Herbert Elwell, American composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • Apr 25 Pam Courson (27), long-term companion of Door's vocalist Jim Morrison, dies of heroin overdose
  • May 4 Israel Citkowitz, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • May 8 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • May 9 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 69
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82

Person of interestDuke Ellington

May 24 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Jun 14 Knud Christian Jeppesen, Danish composer, dies at 81

Person of interestDarius Milhaud

Jun 22 Darius Milhaud, French composer (Maximilien), dies at 81

Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer
Darius Milhaud
  • Jun 27 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • Jul 6 Carlos Isamitt, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 27 Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Lightnin' Slim [Otis Hicks], American Louisiana blues electric guitarist, singer, and songwriter ("Bad Luck And Trouble"), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • Jul 29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas & The Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • Jul 30 Lev Knipper, Soviet composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 6 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • Aug 9 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • Aug 10 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 11 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), dies of liver failure at 42
  • Sep 3 Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, dies at 55
  • Sep 20 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Robbie Mcintosh, Scottish drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • Oct 8 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
  • Oct 12 Joseph Frederick Wagner, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, noted Carnatic musician (b. 1895)
  • Oct 24 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • Nov 8 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, dies at 60
  • Nov 9 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher and musicologist, dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Alfonso Leng, Chilean dentist and composer (Doloras), dies at 90
  • Nov 19 George Brunies, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Nov 21 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), dies at 84
  • Nov 23 Páll Ísólfsson, Icelandic organist and composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (Pink Moon), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Dec 4 Sophie-Carmen "Sonia" Eckhardt-Gramatté, Russian-Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), dies at 62
  • Dec 9 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 20 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France, Mana), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59
  • Dec 26 Knudåge Riisager, Danish composer (director of the Royal Danish Academy of Music 1956-67), dies at 77