1976 in Music

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "Musical Jubilee" closes at St James Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • Jan 4 "Candide" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances
  • Jan 9 C. W. McCall CB song "Convoy" hits #1 on the country music charts
  • Jan 11 "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 193 performances
  • Jan 11 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 13 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata"
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 17 "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow hits #1

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 31 "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 3rd 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 George Harrison releases "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 17 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Feb 21 "Rockabye Hamlet" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 7 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 28 18th Grammy Awards: "Love Will Keep Us Together" Record of the Year, Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Feb 29 ABC-TV broadcast premiere of 1965's hit "The Sound of Music"

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 1 11th Academy of Country Music Awards: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 2 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances
  • Mar 2 Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 9 Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0
  • Mar 25 "My Fair Lady" opens at St James Theater NYC for 384 performances
  • Mar 25 "Rex" opens at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Mar 26 Wings release "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album
  • Apr 3 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Apr 20 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python
  • Apr 27 "So Long 174th St" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Apr 30 "Silly Love Songs" single released by Wings (Billboard Song of the Year 1976)
  • May 4 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
  • May 8 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 7 performances
  • May 9 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 Kentucky Moonrunner by Cledus Maggard hits #85
  • May 27 "Something's Afoot" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 61 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 "One Piece At A Time" by Johnny Cash hits #29

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • May 31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton
  • Jun 11 Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" LP is released in USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Bob Marley performs in Amsterdam

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Jun 22 "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 527 performances
  • Jun 27 "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances
  • Jul 18 "Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Jul 21 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 239 performances
  • Jul 22 "Let My People Come" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 106 performances
  • Jul 23 Wings release "Let 'em In"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Keith Moon, drummer for Who, collapses & is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Aug 31 George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"
  • Sep 5 "Rex" closes at Lunt-Fontaine Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Sep 5 "Very Good Eddie" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 307 performances
  • Sep 7 US courts find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism (He's So Fine)
  • Sep 19 "Going Up" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances
  • Sep 20 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion
  • Sep 24 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 5,959 performances
  • Sep 25 "Porgy & Bess" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 122 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 28 "Songs in the Key of Life" 18th studio album by Stevie Wonder is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Singer-Songwriter
Stevie Wonder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot soda bottles hits his bass player Norman Owens twice in the chest

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Oct 2 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances
  • Oct 8 Sex Pistols sign with EMI
  • Oct 9 "Robber Bridegroom" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 145 performances
  • Oct 11 10th Country Music Association Award: Mel Tillis wins

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 15 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Oct 30 "Going Up" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • Nov 1 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" opens at Playhouse NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 14 "Don't Step on My Olive Branch" closes at Playhouse NYC after 16 performances
  • Nov 19 George Harrison releases "This Song"
  • Nov 20 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live"
  • Nov 26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship
  • Nov 26 Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK"
  • Dec 1 Sex Pistols using profanity on TV, gets them branded as "rotten punks"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 20 "Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Dec 22 "Your Arm's Too Short..." opens at Lyceum NYC for 429 performances
  • Dec 22 German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
  • Dec 26 "Music Is" closes at St James Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Dec 28 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • Jan 5 Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars)
  • Jan 12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Emma Bunton, "Baby Spice", singer (Spice Girls), born in London, England

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
  • Jan 23 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 26 Willie Adler, American guitar player
  • Jan 27 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 28 Jarrod Montague, American drummer (Taproot)
  • Feb 4 Cam'ron, American rapper
  • Feb 10 Kev Brown, American rapper/producer
  • Feb 13 Feist, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Feb 13 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator)
  • Feb 14 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 15 Brandon Boyd, American musician (Incubus), born in Van Nuys, California

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd
  • Feb 15 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American musician (The Killers)
  • Feb 16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 20 Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
  • Feb 24 Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
  • Feb 24 Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • Feb 25 Chris Pitman, rocker (Zaum, Tool)
  • Feb 25 Rashida Jones, American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 26 Chad Urmston, American musician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • Mar 4 Scott Sturgeon (Stza Crack), American musician (Choking Victim and Leftover Crack)
  • Mar 10 Kisaki, Japanese musician
  • Mar 10 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese actress, model and singer
  • Mar 12 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • Mar 13 James Dewees, musician
  • Mar 17 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Mar 19 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World)
  • Mar 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • Mar 25 Juvenile [Terius Gray], American rapper (The Hot Boys), born in Magnolia, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 25 Baek Ji Young, South Korean singer
  • Mar 27 Tia Fuller, American jazz musician (Beyoncé backing band), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Mar 28 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers)
  • Mar 30 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)
  • Apr 3 Drew Shirley, American musician
  • Apr 6 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • Apr 14 Christian Älvestam, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • Apr 16 Lukas Haas, actor (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • Apr 18 Fayray, Japanese singer
  • Apr 19 Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)
  • Apr 27 Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer
  • Apr 29 Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer
  • Apr 30 Amanda Palmer, American musician (The Dresden Dolls)
  • May 8 Martha Wainwright, Canadian American musician and songwriter
  • May 8 Ian "H" Watkins, pop singer (Steps)
  • May 10 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • May 10 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer
  • May 14 Hunter Burgan, American musician (AFI)
  • May 17 Lee-Hom Wang, American-born Taiwanese musician and composer
  • May 21 Deron Miller, American rock musician
  • May 21 Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
  • May 24 Alessandro Cortini, Italian musician
  • May 25 Sandra Nasic, German singer (Guano Apes)
  • May 26 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • May 29 David Buckner, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • Jun 2 Adrian Carlos Olivares, Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Jun 2 Tim Rice-Oxley, English musician (Keane), born in Oxford, England
  • Jun 3 Yuri Ruley, American drummer
  • Jun 6 aKido, Canadian musician
  • Jun 7 Necro, Jewish American rapper
  • Jun 11 Tai Anderson, American musician (bass player for Third Day)
  • Jun 13 Kym Marsh, English singer, actress, & T.V. presenter
  • Jun 13 Jason 'J' Brown, English Singer
  • Jun 15 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol)
  • Jun 17 Luke Bryan, American country singer (I'll Stay Me), born in Leesburg, Georgia
  • Jun 18 Blake Shelton, American Country Singer
  • Jun 20 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino American musician (Switchfoot)
  • Jun 21 Mike Einziger, American musician
  • Jun 22 Gordon Moakes, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • Jun 23 Joe Becker, American musician
  • Jun 29 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician
  • Jul 3 Shane Lynch, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 5 Bizarre, American rapper (D12)
  • Jul 8 David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • Jul 10 Elijah Blue Allman, American musician (Deadsy)
  • Jul 12 Tracie Spencer, rocker
  • Jul 15 Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper
  • Jul 20 Andrew Stockdale, Australian musician (Wolfmother)
  • Jul 23 Jonathan Gallant, Canadian musician (Billy Talent)
  • Jul 28 Jacoby Shaddix, American singer (Papa Roach), born in Mariposa, California
  • Jul 31 Joshua Cain, American musician (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • Aug 8 JC Chasez, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • Aug 8 Drew Lachey, American singer
  • Aug 11 Ben Gibbard, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
  • Aug 12 Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström, Finnish guitarist
  • Aug 12 Wednesday 13, American musician (Wednesday 13, Murderdolls)
  • Aug 14 Maya Nasri, Lebanese actress and singer
  • Aug 26 Amaia Montero, Spanish singer (La Oreja de Van Gogh)
  • Aug 26 Zemfira, Russian singer
  • Aug 31 Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
  • Sep 2 Phil Lipscomb, American musician (Taproot)
  • Sep 4 Katreeya English, Thai singer, actress, model
  • Sep 6 N.O.R.E., American rapper
  • Sep 6 Hyun Young, South Korean actress and pop singer
  • Sep 8 Brendan Kelly, American musician (The Lawrence Arms)
  • Sep 9 Kristoffer Rygg, Norwegian musician (Ulver, ex-Borknagar)
  • Sep 11 Elephant Man [Oneal Bryan], Jamaican musician (Let's Get Physical), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Sep 12 Bizzy Bone (Bryon Anthony McCane), American rapper, (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 20 Rocker Alice Cooper (28) weds choreographer Sheryl Goddard in Acapulco, Mexico

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • May 10 "KISS" former lead guitarist Ace Frehley (25) weds Janette Trerotola
  • Jun 21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 31 Singer Natalie Cole marries songwriter Marvin Yancy

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 24 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 3 Mal Evans, Beatles' roadie, dies
  • Jan 3 Mateusz Glinski, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 10 Chester Arthur Burnett, US blues pianist/harmonica player, dies at 65
  • Jan 10 Howlin' Wolf, singer/guitarist, dies following brain surgery at 65
  • Jan 23 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • Jan 28 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • Jan 30 Mance Lipscomb, rocker, dies at 80
  • Feb 2 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 5 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • Feb 9 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • Feb 12 James Clifton Williams, composer (Sinfonians), dies at 52
  • Feb 13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • Feb 21 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • Feb 22 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • Feb 24 Charles Wilfred Orr, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 1 Jean Martinon, French conductor/composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 3 Alfred Sendrey, composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 7 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • Mar 18 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 19 George Sklavos, composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), dies of heart failure at 25
  • Apr 1 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • Apr 1 Miroslav Ponc, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 3 Maurice Johnstone, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Akio Yashiro, composer, dies at 46
  • Apr 9 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Draft Dodger Rag), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 22 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 29 Wilhelm Maler, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 30 Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer, dies at 51
  • May 9 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
  • May 11 Camille Schmit, composer, dies at 68
  • May 14 Keith Relf, rock vocalist (Yardbirds), electrocuted at 33
  • May 21 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 7 Bobby Hackett, jazz cornetist/orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • Jul 13 Max Butting, German composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 6 Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist, dies at 73
  • Aug 9 Max Vredenburg, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 19 Jeno Kenessey, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 22 Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (b. 1913)
  • Aug 24 Michael Dewar Head, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 26 Lotte Lehmann, German soprano (Der Rosenkavalier, More than singing), dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 29 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), dies of epileptic seizure at 50
  • Aug 29 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (b. 1899)
  • Sep 8 Assen Karastoyanov, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 8 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Jan Kunc, Czech composer (Czech State Anthem), dies at 93
  • Sep 20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • Sep 30 Louis Fourestier, composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 4 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), dies at 85
  • Oct 7 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 10 Connee Boswell, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Silvana Armenulic, Yugoslavian folk singer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 12 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 23 Leonard Lee, US R&B-singer (Shirley & Lee-I'm Gone), dies at 40
  • Oct 24 Richard Sturzenegger, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 27 Deryck Victor Cooke, composer, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Nov 12 Walter Hamor Piston, US composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 17 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 28 Robert Fleming, composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 4 Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • Dec 4 Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • Dec 12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • Dec 28 Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42