On This Day

Year 1975 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 4 "Good News" closes at St James Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Jan 4 "Gypsy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 120 performances
  • Jan 4 "Over Here" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 341 performances
  • Jan 5 Charlie Smalls' "Wiz" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 1672 performances
  • Jan 6 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage
  • Jan 7 Gary Geld & Peter Udell's musical "Shenandoah" premieres in NYC for 1050 performances
  • Jan 7 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert causing $30,000 damage
  • Jan 29 "Men on the Moon" opens at Little Theater NYC for 5 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 31 Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" goes gold

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 1 "Hoppy, Gene & Me" by Roy Rogers peaks at #65
  • Feb 1 "Men on the Moon" closes at Little Theater NYC after 5 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 18 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Feb 21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album
  • Feb 26 "Night... Made America Famous" opens at Barrymore NYC for 75 performances
  • Mar 1 17th Grammy Awards: I Honestly Love You, Marvin Hamlisch win

  • Mar 1 Eagles' "Best of My Love" reaches #1
  • Mar 3 "Goodtime Charley" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 104 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 5 10th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 7 RCA releases "Young Americans", David Bowie's 9th studio album, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City; featuring appearances by John Lennon on two tracks, it peaks in the U.S. charts at No. 9, and No. 2 in the U.K.

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Mar 9 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Mar 10 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Mar 10 John Lennon releases single "Stand By Me", a cover of Ben E. King song, originally released in 1961
  • Mar 15 "That's the Way of the World" 6th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1975)
  • Mar 16 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Mar 19 "Dr Jazz" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 22 Netherlands' "Ding-a-dong" performed by Tech-In wins Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 22 "Dr Jazz" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 22 "Letter for Queen Victoria" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Mar 22 20th Eurovision Song Contest: Teach-In for Netherlands wins singing "Ding-a-dong" in Stockholm

Music releaseMusic Single

Mar 25 Linda Ronstadt releases cover of the Everly Brothers' song "When Will I Be Loved" as a single

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 26 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • Apr 5 "Letter for Queen Victoria" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Apr 6 "Night... Made America Famous" closes at Barrymore NYC after 75 performances

  • Apr 6 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 28 Ringo Starr appears on "The Smothers Brothers Show", singing Hoyt Axton's "No No Song", and John Lennon is the guest on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" program, in what turns out to be his final television interview

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 11 Natalie Cole releases her debut album "Inseparable" (wins 2 Grammys)

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • May 13 "Rodgers & Hart" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 16 Wings release "Listen to What the Man Said" in UK
  • May 17 "Funky Gibbon" by The Goodies hits #79

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 Mick Jagger punches a restaurant window, gets 20 stitches

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Music releaseMusic Single

May 26 "Rhinestone Cowboy" single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 27 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Venus & Mars" album

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 31 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • May 31 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)
  • Jun 1 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 947 performances
  • Jun 1 Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 7 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver hits #1

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Jun 21 Elton John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys play to 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 British rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Barry White's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe" is released

Singer Barry White
Singer
Barry White

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 5 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

AgreementContract of Interest

Aug 5 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Aug 14 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
  • Aug 16 "Rodgers & Hart" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 108 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Peter Gabriel quits Genesis

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Aug 16 Singer Peter Gabriel announces his departure from the rock group Genesis
  • Aug 23 Free guitarist Paul Kossoff revived from dead after heart attack

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 25 Bruce Springsteen's landmark third album "Born To Run" released

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Sep 5 Wings release "Letting Go"
  • Sep 10 Rock band Kiss release their 1st live album "Alive!"

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 12 Pink Floyd releases their ninth album "Wish You Were Here"

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • Sep 20 David Bowie's "Fame," single goes #1 for 2 weeks
  • Sep 25 Pink Floyd's concept album "Wish You Were Here" reaches No. 1 in the US, goes on to sell 13 million copies
  • Sep 29 Soul singer Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack while singing on stage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; he survives, but never fully recovers

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 3 George Harrison releases "Extra Texture" album in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 Rock vocalist Neil Young undergoes throat surgery

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

  • Oct 19 "A Chorus Line", held record longest-running Broadway show (6,137 performances), premieres on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in New York
  • Oct 21 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 64 performances
  • Oct 21 Elton John is given a star in Hollywood
  • Oct 22 "Me & Bessie" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 453 performances
  • Oct 27 Covers of both Time & Newsweek picture rock singer Bruce Springsteen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 31 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • Nov 6 "Hello, Dolly" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 51 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 6 First performance by punk band The Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • Nov 13 "Musical Jubilee" opens at St James Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Nov 15 "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" single released by Ed Bruce
  • Nov 18 "Rufus featuring Chaka Khan" 4th studio album by Rufus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1976)
  • Nov 21 Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped
  • Nov 24 "Boccaccio" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 28 Wings release "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • Dec 5 "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances
  • Dec 8 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Scott Joplin's opera "Treemonisha" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 64 performances

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Ron Wood joined The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Dec 21 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
  • Dec 21 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
  • Dec 28 1st broadcast of radio Hilversum IV (classic music)
  • Dec 30 "Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Chris Cheney, Australian rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (The Living End - "The Second Solution"), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 2 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank - "The Reason"), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • Jan 6 Yukana, Japanese voicer actress & singer, born in Futtsu, Japan
  • Jan 8 DJ Clue, American DJ & producer, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Harris Jayaraj, Indian music composer, born in Chennai, India
  • Jan 10 Shannon Kavanaugh, American rocker (Ivory Soul), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 12 Chase Hampton, American pop-rocker (The Party - "Rodeo", "That's Why"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 12 Jason Freese, American musician, born in Orange County, California
  • Jan 15 Shahab Tolouie, Iranian Persian-Falmenco fusion guitarist, composer, and singer, born in Shahsavar, Mazandaran Province, Iran
  • Jan 17 Tom Jenkinson, English musician (Squarepusher), born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Rami Yacoub, Swedish songwriter & producer, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Noah Georgeson, American musician & producer, born in Nevada City, California
  • Jan 28 Lee Latchford-Evans, British pop singer (The Steps), born in Chester, England
  • Jan 30 Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi), born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 31 Kate Shutt, American jazz singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 1 Big Boi [Antwan André Patton], American musician (Outkast), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Feb 4 Natalie Imbruglia, Australian-British singer-songwriter (Left of the Middle), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 5 Adam Carson, American musician (AFI), born in Ukiah, California
  • Feb 6 Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer, born in Kyoto, Japan
  • Feb 7 Wes Borland, American rock guitarist (Limp Bizkit), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 10 Kool Savas, German rapper, born in Aachen, Germany
  • Feb 16 Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
  • Feb 17 Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
  • Feb 19 Daniel Adair, Canadian drummer and percussionist (Nickelback; 3 Doors Down), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 20 Brian Littrell, American pop (Backstreet Boys), and Christian music singer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Feb 23 Robert Lopez, American composer (Frozen), youngest ever to win the EGOT, born in Manhattan, New York
  • Mar 3 Albert Fields, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 4 Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
  • Mar 6 Aracely Arambula, Mexican actress and singer
  • Mar 6 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, French Canadian conductor (Montréal Orchestre Métropolitain, 2000-; Philadelphia Orchestra, 2010-26; Metropolitan Opera, 2018-present), born in Montréal, Quebec
  • Mar 8 Peggy Zina, Greek singer
  • Mar 9 Jane Antonia Cornish, British composer of contemporary classical music (Seascapes), and film scores (Five Children And It), born in London, England
  • Mar 12 Herman Li, Cantonese guitarist
  • Mar 12 Kéllé Bryan, British pop singer (Eternal - "I Wanna Be The Only One"), born in Plaistow, England
  • Mar 15 Will.i.am [Adams], American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in East Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 17 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • Mar 18 Rodleen Getsic, American musician, civil servant
  • Mar 19 Vivian Hsu, Taiwanese singer, actress and model
  • Mar 19 Brann Dailor, American drummer
  • Mar 24 Krisdayanti, Indonesian pop singer and actress, born in Batu, East Java, Indonesia
  • Mar 25 Melanie Blatt, British pop singer (All Saints - "Never Ever"), born in London

Person of interestFergie

Mar 27 Fergie [Duhamel], American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in Hacienda Heights, California

Singer Fergie
Singer
Fergie
  • Mar 28 Orrin Evans, American jazz pianist, born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Apr 1 John Butler, Australian singer and musician
  • Apr 2 Deedee Magno Hall, Filipino-American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Apr 5 Juicy J [Jordan Houston], American rapper, songwriter, and record producer (Three 6 Mafia), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 6 Dannon Phillip Pampolina, rapper and drummer (Party)
  • Apr 7 John Cooper, American christian rock musician (Skillet), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Apr 8 Anouk [Teeuwe], Dutch singer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 10 Chris Carrabba, American rock singer and guitarist (Dashboard Confessional - "Stolen"; "Vindicated"), born in West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 13 Lou Bega, German mambo musician (Mambo No. 5), and artist, born in Munich, Germany
  • Apr 14 Avner Dorman, Israeli composer, born in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Apr 16 Joanna Ławrynowicz, Polish classical pianist, born in Warsaw, Poland [1]
  • Apr 23 Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
  • Apr 25 Ruben Gomez, American rocker (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 26 Joey Jordison, American drummer (Slipknot, 1995-2013 - "All Hope Is Gone"), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Apr 26 Nerina Pallot, British pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Sophia"; "Everybody's Gone To War"), born in London
  • May 3 Maksim Mrvica, Croatian pianist, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • May 4 Pablo Ruiz, Spanish singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Person of interestEnrique Iglesias

May 8 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter and King of Latin Pop ("Bailamos"; "Hero"), born in Madrid, Spain

King of Latin Pop Enrique Iglesias
King of Latin Pop
Enrique Iglesias
  • May 9 Tamia [Washington], Canadian R&B, hiphop, and pop singer, born in Windsor, Ontario
  • May 16 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • May 16 Tonéx, American singer
  • May 17 Laura Voutilainen, Finnish singer
  • May 18 Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter (In Between Dreams, "Upside Down"), born in Oahu, Hawaii
  • May 18 Peter Iwers, Swedish heavy metal bass player (In Flames, 1999-2018)
  • May 21 Lee Gaze, Welsh guitarist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • May 24 Maria Lawson, British soul and R&B singer (Ti.Pi.Cal.), born in London

Person of interestLauryn Hill

May 26 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • May 27 ZP Theart, British heavy metal rock singer and musician (DragonForce; Skid Row), born in Clanwilliam, South Africa
  • May 27 André 3000 [Benjamin], American rapper (Outkast), and actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 27 Jadakiss [Jason Phillips], American rapper (The Lox), born in Yonkers, New York

Person of interestMelanie Brown

May 29 Mel B {Melanie Brown], English pop singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), and television personality (America's Got Talent; X-FActor), born in Leeds, England

  • Jun 6 Cheer Chen [Chi-Chen], Taiwanese folk-rock singer-songwriter (Sofa Sea), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jun 14 Bob Nanna, American musician (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film)
  • Jun 18 Jem [Jemma Griffiths], Welsh pop-rock, and "folktronica"singer-songwriter, born in Penarth, Wales
  • Jun 25 Chenoa [María Laura Corradini Falomir], Argentine-Spanish singer (Atrévete), born in Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Jun 28 Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), born in Strömstad, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Jul 1 Sufjan Stevens, American musician (Illinois), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 2 Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
  • Jul 4 Tania Davis, Australian violinist, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 5 Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese musician (Týr), born in Faroe Islands
  • Jul 6 50 Cent [Curtis James Jackson III], American rapper and businessman, born in Queens, New York
  • Jul 8 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • Jul 9 Jack White [Gillis], American musician (The White Stripes; Racontuers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 11 Samer el Nahhal, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Jul 11 Lil' Kim [Kimberly Denise Jones], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 12 Cheyenne Jackson, American stage/film actor and singer, born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jul 14 Taboo [Jaime Gomez], American rapper (Black Eyed Peas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 16 Jamie Oliver, Welsh keyboardist (No Devotion), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • Jul 17 Paul Hinojos, American guitarist (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 18 Daron Malakian, American rock guitarist (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 18 M.I.A [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British-Sri Lankan rapper (Paper Planes, Sunshowers), born in London, England
  • Jul 27 Fred Mascherino, American musician (Taking Back Sunday), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 28 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jul 30 Tifini Hale, American rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why), born in Palm Springs, California
  • Jul 31 Allan von Schenkel, American double bassist, composer and performance artist
  • Jul 31 Kavinsky [Vincent Belorgey], French DJ and musician (Drive, OutRun), born in Seine-Saint-Denis, France
  • Aug 5 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • Aug 7 Gaahl [Kristian Eivind Espedal], Norwegian black metal vocalist (Gorgoroth), born in Sunnfjord, Norway

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 30 American singer and actress Cher (28), marries American musician Gregg Allman (27), 4 days after divorce from Sonny Bono is finalized

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 7 Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour marries model and artist Virginia Hasenbein

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • Aug 5 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret

LovePerson of Interest

Sep 20 Actor Dudley Moore (40) weds actress Tuesday Weld (31) ; divorced in 1980

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Bee Gees Maurice Gibb weds Yvonne Spencely

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 21 American country singer Tammy Wynette (33) divorces American country singer-songwriter George Jones (43), after 6 years of marriage

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 26 American singer and actress Cher (28) divorces singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (40)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Jul 10 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 17 Beatle member Ringo Starr & Maureen Cox divorce

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Milton Cross, American radio announcer (Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, 1931-75), dies of a heart attack at 87
  • Jan 3 René Thomas, Belgian jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Jan 8 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • Jan 16 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cin Symph 1958), dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Ernst Gernot Klussmann, German composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 26 Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Štefan Németh-Šamorínsky, Slovak organist, choirmaster, composer and pedagogue (Birch Trees), dies at 78
  • Feb 3 Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 3 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76

Person of interestLouis Jordan

Feb 4 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), dies of a heart attack at 66

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • Feb 5 Åke Persson, Swedish bebop jazz trombonist (Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, 1963–71), dies at 42
  • Feb 13 Eric Harding Thiman, English composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • Feb 19 Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Feb 28 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 2 Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Léopold Samuel, Belgian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 11 Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11 Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

Mar 16 T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • Mar 21 Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 24 Oscar Rasbach, American composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 27 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering; Rookies on Parade), dies following a long illness at 63
  • Mar 28 Renzo Massarani, Italian composer, dies at 77

Person of interestJosephine Baker

Apr 12 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • Apr 21 Jack Westrup, English composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 24 Pete Ham, Welsh rock singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Badfinger - "Without You"; "No Matter What"; Day After Day"), takes his own life at 27
  • Apr 25 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • May 12 Joe Mooney, American jazz and pop accordionist, organist, and vocalist, dies at 64
  • May 13 Bob Wills, American musician, known as the 'King of Western Swing' ("Steel Guitar Rag"), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 69
  • May 13 Vladislav Zolotaryov, Soviet Russian bayanist (button accordion player), and composer (Six Children's Suites), takes his own life at 53
  • May 17 Arthur Trappier, American jazz drummer (Blanche Calloway: Fats Waller), dies at 64
  • May 18 Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), dies at 66
  • May 20 Jacques Stehman, Belgian pianist and composer (Symphonie de poche), dies at 62
  • Jun 9 David Frederick Barlow, English composer, dies at 48
  • Jun 11 Floro Manuel Ugarte, Argentine composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 16 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, dies at 71
  • Jun 20 Daniel Ayala Pérez, Mexican violinist, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Heinz Lau, German composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 29 Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • Jul 5 Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 14 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), dies at 77
  • Jul 14 Madan Mohan, Hindi Film's Melodious Music director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 18 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 (William) "Lefty" Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter ("If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)"; "Saginaw, Michigan"), dies at 47
  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 8 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 26 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (b. 1920)
  • Sep 10 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Walter Herbert, German conductor and impresario (b. 1902)
  • Sep 22 Franz Salmhofer, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 1 Al Jackson Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), murdered by an intruder in his home at 39 [1]
  • Oct 8 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • Oct 29 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • Oct 31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 1 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 1 Philip James, American composer, conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), dies at 85
  • Nov 22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, American columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 9 Frank Signorelli, American jazz pianist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band), dies at 74
  • Dec 11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Dec 20 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 31 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47