On This Day

Year 1976 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 1 "A 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 23 RCA releases "Station to Station", David Bowie's 10th studio album, recorded in Los Angeles; it peaks in the U.S. charts at No.3, and No. 5 in the U.K.

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 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 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher

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 7 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
  • 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 awardsGrammy 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

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 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 "The Lumberjack Song" with Monty Python in NYC
  • 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 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • May 8 Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner's musical "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 Fonz Song by Heyettes hits #91
  • 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, London, England

  • Jun 3 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • Jun 5 "Bigfoot" by Bro Smith hits #57
  • Jun 10 67,000 fans attends Wings concert at Seattle's Kingdome
  • Jun 11 Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" compilation LP is released in USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Bob Marley performs at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Jun 22 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 527 performances
  • Jun 27 "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after 12 years apart

Singer-Songwriter Brian Wilson
Singer-Songwriter
Brian Wilson
  • Jul 18 "Something's Afoot" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Jul 19 British rock group Deep Purple disbands
  • 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 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • Sep 7 US courts find George Harrison guilty of 'subconsciously' plagiarizing "He's So Fine" for his song "My Sweet Lord"
  • 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

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Sep 24 "Oh! Calcutta!" revival opens at Edison Theater NYC for 5,959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

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A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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  • Sep 25 George Gershwin's "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
Musician and Rock Bassist Adam Clayton
Musician and Rock Bassist
Adam Clayton

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 Boy George expelled from school

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George

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
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 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": haggling with Lorne Michaels; performing "Here Comes the Sun" and "Homeward Bound" with Paul Simon; and airing two music videos
  • Nov 25 The Band's farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom
  • Nov 26 German DR deprives singer/poet Wolf Biermann citizenship

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 26 Sex Pistols release their debut single "Anarchy In The UK"

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and 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 East Germany grants rock singer Nina Hagen her request to leave the country, after refusing her stepfather re-entry
  • 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

  • Jan 5 Matt Wachter, American bassist (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 9 Svitlana Azarova, Ukrainian-Dutch contemporary classical music composer (Momo and the Time Thieves), born in the Ukrainian SSR
  • Jan 12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress & singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jan 17 Aga Zaryan [Agnieszka Skrzypek], Polish jazz singer (A Book of Luminous Things), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 18 Damien Leith, Irish-Australian singer-songwriter (Australian Idol 2006), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestEmma Bunton

Jan 21 Emma Bunton [Baby Spice], English singer (Spice Girls), born in London

Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
  • Jan 23 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress & singer, born in Alor Setar, Malaysia
  • Jan 26 Willie Adler, American rock guitar player (Lamb Of God), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 27 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 28 Jarrod Montague, American rock drummer (Taproot), born in Linden, Michigan
  • Jan 28 Rick Ross [William Leonard Roberts II] American rapper and songwriter (Port Of Miami), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Feb 4 Cam'ron [Cameron Ezike Gile], American rapper, born in East Harlem, New York

Person of interestChen Kun

Feb 4 Chen Kun, Chinese actor (Painted Skin), and singer ("Power to Go"), born in Chongqing, China

Actor and Singer Chen Kun
Actor and Singer
Chen Kun
  • Feb 10 Kev Brown, American rapper & hip hop producer, born in Landover, Maryland
  • Feb 11 Gretchen Parlato, American jazz singer, and songwriter (The Lost And Found), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 13 Feist [Leslie Feist], Canadian singer & songwriter, born in Amherst, Canada
  • Feb 13 Dave Padden, Canadian musician (Annihilator), born in Canada
  • Feb 14 Liv Kristine, Norwegian singer (Leaves' Eyes), born in Stavanger, Norway

Person of interestBrandon Boyd

Feb 15 Brandon Boyd, American rock singer (Incubus - Make Yourself), born in Van Nuys, California

Musician Brandon Boyd
Musician
Brandon Boyd
  • Feb 15 Ronnie Vannucci Jr., American drummer (The Killers), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Feb 16 Kyo, Japanese singer (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 20 Ed Graham, British drummer (The Darkness, 2000-14), born in Great Yarmouth, England
  • Feb 20 Fulvia di Domenico, Italian jazz and world music singer-songwriter, born in Rome, Italy
  • 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, born in Sherborn, Massachusetts

Person of interestJa Rule

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 Stza Crack [Scott Sturgeon], American punk rock musician (Choking Victim; Leftover Crack), born in New York
  • Mar 8 (Gareth) "Gaz" Coombes, British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (Supergrass - "Alright"), born in Oxford, England
  • Mar 10 Kisaki, Japanese progressive rock musician (Phantasmagoria)
  • Mar 10 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese actress, model and singer
  • Mar 12 Simon Young, English music journalist
  • Mar 13 James Dewees, American musician (The Get Up Kids), born in Liberty, Missouri
  • Mar 16 Blu Cantrell [Tiffany Cobb], American singer-songwriter (Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!), Breathe), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mar 17 Stephen Gately, Irish pop singer (Boyzone - "A Different Beat"; "No Matter What"), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • Mar 19 Zach Lind, American drummer (Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle")
  • 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 25 Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress and singer (Tempting Heart), born in Hong Kong
  • Mar 27 Tia Fuller, American jazz musician (Beyoncé backing band), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Mar 28 David Keuning, American guitar player (The Killers), born in Pella, Iowa
  • Mar 30 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)
  • Apr 3 Drew Shirley, American Christian-rock guitarist (All Together Separate; Switchfoot, 2003-present), born in Key West, Florida
  • Apr 6 Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician
  • Apr 14 Christian Älvestam, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry), born in Sweden
  • Apr 16 Lukas Haas, American actor and musician (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 17 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 18 Fayray, Japanese singer (Taiyō no Gravity), born in Tokyo
  • Apr 19 Ruud Jolie, Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Apr 23 Aaron Dessner, American songwriter, musician and producer (The National),
  • Apr 26 José Pasillas, American drummer (Incubus - "Meglomaniac"; "Drive"), born in Calabasas, California
  • Apr 27 Isobel Campbell, Scottish singer and composer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Apr 29 Jay Orpin, Swedish composer and producer
  • Apr 30 Amanda Palmer, American performance artist, pianist, singer, and lyricist (The Dresden Dolls), born in New York City
  • May 8 Martha Wainwright, Canadian-American musician and songwriter, born in Montréal, Quebec
  • May 8 Ian "H" Watkins, Welsh pop singer (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Stomp"), actor, and television personality, born in Llwynypia, Wales
  • May 10 Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • May 10 Udo Mechels, Belgian singer
  • May 12 Matt Mangano, American country-rock bass player (Zac Brown Band), born in Visalia, CA
  • 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 (CKY), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • May 21 Kardinal Offishall [Jason Drew Harrow], Canadian rapper, born in Scarsborough, Ontario
  • May 24 Alessandro Cortini, Italian rock musician (Nine Inch Nails), born in Bologna, Italy
  • May 25 Sandra Nasić, German singer (Guano Apes), born in Göttingen, Germany
  • May 26 Justin Pierre, American punk-pop singer and guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mahtomedi, Minnesota
  • May 29 David Buckner, American drummer (Papa Roach, 1993-2007 - "Last Resort"), born in Vacaville, California
  • Jun 2 Adrian Carlos Olivares, singer (Menudo - "Cannonball"), born in Mexico City
  • Jun 2 Tim Rice-Oxley, English musician (Keane), born in Oxford, England
  • Jun 3 Yuri Ruley, American drummer
  • Jun 4 Kasey Chambers, Australian country singer-songwriter and musician ("Not Pretty Enough"), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia
  • Jun 6 Akido [Kim Gaboury], Canadian musician (Dancing in Chains), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Jun 7 Necro [Ron Braunstein], Jewish American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 11 Tai Anderson, American contemporay Christian rock bass player (Third Day, 1992-2015), born in Georgia
  • Jun 13 Kym Marsh, British pop singer (HearSay), actress (Coronation Street), and BBC TV presenter (Morning Live), born in Whiston, Merseyside, England
  • Jun 13 (Jason) "J" Brown, British singer and rapper (Five), born in Aldershot, England
  • Jun 15 Gary Lightbody, Northern Irish musician (Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars"), born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland

Person of interestBlake Shelton

Jun 18 Blake Shelton, American country singer-songwriter ("Boys 'Round Here"; "God Gave Me You"; "Honey Bee"), and TV personality (The Voice), born in Ada, Oklahoma

Country Singer Blake Shelton
Country Singer
Blake Shelton
  • Jun 20 Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino-American rock keyboardist (Switchfoot), born in Pasay, Philippines
  • Jun 21 Mike Einziger, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Incubus), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 22 Gordon Moakes, English musician (Bloc Party)
  • Jun 23 Joe Becker, American rock guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 29 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician and comedian (Flight of the Concords), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jul 1 [Julia Liane] Aleah Stanbridge, South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • Jul 3 Shane Lynch, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 5 Bizarre, American rapper (D12), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 8 David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • Jul 10 Elijah Blue Allman, American musician (Deadsy)
  • Jul 12 Tracie Spencer, American singer (Make The Difference), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Jul 13 Huw Watkins, British pianist and contemporary classical music composer, born in South Wales
  • Jul 15 Jim Jones, African Puerto Rican American rapper

Person of interestLuke Bryan

Jul 17 Luke Bryan, American country singer (I'll Stay Me), born in Leesburg, Georgia

Country Music Singer-Songwriter Luke Bryan
Country Music Singer-Songwriter
Luke Bryan
  • Jul 20 Andrew Stockdale, Australian rock musician (Wolfmother), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Jul 23 Jonathan Gallant, Canadian musician (Billy Talent), born in Streetsville, Ontario
  • Jul 28 Jacoby Shaddix, American singer (Papa Roach), born in Mariposa, California
  • Jul 31 Joshua Cain, American guitarist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 8 JC Chasez, American singer (*NSYNC)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 14 American singer and 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

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles (31); divorce in 1987

Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 18 American country singer Tammy Wynette (34) weds real-estate mogul Michael Tomlin, divorced, later in 1976

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

LoveWedding 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 Mateusz Glinski, Polish conductor, musicologist, and composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Malcom "Mal" Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation at his home with Los Angeles police at 40
  • Jan 5 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Georges Migot, French composer, and poet (Les Agrestide; L'Arche), dies at 84
  • Jan 10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues musician (Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor), dies of complications during kidney 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 (Beau De Glen) "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("Shine On, Harvest Moon"), dies of a stroke 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-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), dies from cancer at 52
  • Feb 13 Alice "Lily" Pons, French-American coloratura soprano opera singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1931-60) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies of pancreatic cancer at 77
  • Feb 22 Florence Ballard, American R&B singer (The Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • Feb 24 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), 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 11 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), dies at 70
  • Mar 18 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 19 George Sklavos, Greek composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free - "All Right Now"), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • Mar 30 Reuben "Rube" Bloom, American pianist, arranger, band leader (The Bayou Boys), songwriter ("Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"; "Give Me the Simple Life"), dies at 73
  • Apr 1 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • Apr 1 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 3 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Akio Yashiro, composer, dies at 46
  • Apr 9 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"; "Draft Dodger Rag"), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 22 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, Brazilian pianist & composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 29 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 30 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet (Out To Sea); Anne Pedersdotter), dies at 51
  • May 9 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Valentino Bucchi, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • May 11 Camille Schmit, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • May 12 Rudolf Kempe, German conductor (Tonhalle Orch 1965-72), dies at 65
  • May 14 Keith Relf, British blues-rock singer and harmonica player (The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"; Renaissance, 1969-71), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • May 21 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, Finnish composer, dies at 77
  • May 21 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, dies at 51
  • Jun 7 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
  • Jun 14 Géza Anda, Hungarian-Swiss pianist (Mozart/Bartok), dies at 54

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

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

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • Jul 13 Max Butting, German composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 24 Leo Shuken, American film music composer and arranger (Stagecoach; The Fabulous Dorseys; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • Jul 28 Lucie Mannheim, German singer and actress (39 Steps), dies at 77
  • Aug 5 Betty Clooney, American singer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 45
  • Aug 6 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, dies at 73
  • Aug 9 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, dies at 72
  • Aug 19 Jeno Kenessey, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 22 Gina Bachauer, Greek classical pianist of Austrian heritage, dies at 63
  • 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 [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 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, dies at 77
  • Sep 8 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 8 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish 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 27 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84
  • Oct 3 Herb Flemming [Nicolaiih El-Michelle], American jazz trombonist and vocalist, dies at 77
  • Oct 7 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), dies at 73
  • Oct 10 Connee Boswell, American jazz 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, American vocalist (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, Jr, American two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer (Incredible Flutist), music theorist, and educator (Harvard, 1926-60), dies at 82
  • Nov 17 Victor Alessandro, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 27 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio) dies on his 61st birthday
  • Nov 28 Robert Fleming, composer, dies at 55

Person of interestBenjamin Britten

Dec 4 [Edward] Benjamin Britten, English composer (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; Peter Grimes), dies of heart failure at 63

  • Dec 4 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose and other substances at 25
  • Dec 12 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • Dec 12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • Dec 28 Freddie King, American blues singer (Hideaway), dies at 42