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Year 1977 in Music History

Events in Music


Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

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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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  • Jan 9 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 14 RCA releases David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Feb 4 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • Feb 4 Wings release their single "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • Feb 5 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5 Comedy album "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 10 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Feb 13 "Guys & Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 239 performances
  • Feb 13 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Feb 13 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 145 performances

  • Feb 17 Kalakuta Republic, commune of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, burnt to the ground by soldiers in Lagos

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 18 George Harrison releases music single "True Love", from his "33-1/3" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 18 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • Feb 19 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
  • Feb 20 "My Fair Lady" closes at St James Theater NYC after 384 performances
  • Feb 24 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
Guitarist and Songwriter
Keith Richards

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Mar 18 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"

Music concertMusic Concert

Mar 23 Elvis Presley begins his final concert tour

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes to No. 1 & stays atop charts for 31 weeks
  • Apr 6 Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released
  • Apr 11 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)
  • Apr 17 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • Apr 18 Musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box, NYC for 390 performances
  • Apr 21 C Strouse & M Charnins musical "Annie" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • Apr 30 "Party with Comden & Green" closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • May 2 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 7 "Happy End" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances

  • May 7 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • May 21 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • May 21 Electric Light Orchestra releases "Telephone Line" in the UK; it would peak in the Top 10 in the UK and US
  • May 25 "Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany" released

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • May 31 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • Jun 6 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 During the Queen's Jubilee, the Sex Pistols attempt to perform on a boat on the River Thames, but are forced to stop by the police

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk Malcolm McLaren
Band Manager and Pioneer of Punk
Malcolm McLaren
  • Jun 11 "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and the Sunshine Band peaks at #1
  • Jun 12 "Pippin" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1944 performances
  • Jun 16 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 Sex Pistols johnny rotten & Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

Musician John Lydon
Musician
John Lydon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • Jul 4 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • Jul 10 "Happy End" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Aug 7 "Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances
  • Aug 27 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 29 Iggy Pop releases his second album "Lust for Life", a collaboration with David Bowie

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Sep 4 "Godspell" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Sep 15 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • Sep 17 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" is #1 for 19th straight week
  • Sep 20 "Estrada" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Sep 23 "I Just Fall in Love Again" single released by The Carpenters
  • Sep 24 "Estrada" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Sep 29 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid & overworked

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Sep 29 Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 1 Elton John honored by Madison Square Garden's MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • Oct 5 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • Oct 10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Oct 14 Rock band Kiss release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Oct 15 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • Oct 20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick
  • Oct 29 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances
  • Nov 6 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • Nov 11 Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School"
  • Nov 21 "All 'N All" 8th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1978)
  • Nov 23 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 96 performances
  • Nov 27 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances
  • Dec 31 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • Dec 31 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Tim Wheeler, Irish pop-rock singer-songwriter (Ash - "Shining Light"), born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 11 Nadia Turner, American singer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 18 Richard Archer, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hard-Fi), born in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
  • Jan 19 Nicole, Chilean singer, born in Chile
  • Jan 19 Cocco, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • Jan 20 Melody [Nathalie Lefebvre], Belgian pop singer, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • Jan 20 Sid Wilson, American musician (Slipknot), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jan 21 Rick Ross, American rapper
  • Jan 26 Leandro Fresco, Argentine ambient-electronic musician, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 28 Matt DeVries, American heavy metal guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 28 Joey Fatone, American pop singer (NSYNC - "Bye Bye Bye"), dancer, actor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan

Person of interestShakira

Feb 2 Shakira [Mebarak-Ripoll], Colombian pop singer ("Whenever Wherever"; "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"), born in Barranquilla, Colombia

Singer Shakira
Singer
Shakira
  • Feb 2 Heather Martin, American gospel singer
  • Feb 3 Daddy Yankee [Ramón Rodríguez], reggaeton singer and rapper (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 4 Gavin DeGraw, American rock singer-songwriter "Not Over You"), born in South Fallsburg, New York
  • Feb 8 Dave Farrell, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • Feb 11 Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • Feb 14 Nathan Osmond, American vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Utah
  • Feb 15 Brooks Wackerman, American drummer (Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 17 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Sean Watkins, American guitarist, mandolin player, and songwriter (Nickel Creek), born in Vista, California
  • Feb 18 Gordon Grdina, Canadian jazz guitarist and oud player (Nomad Trio), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 19 Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
  • Feb 20 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese pop singer (Zaman), born in Kfarfila, Lebanon
  • Feb 21 Rhiannon Giddens, American singer, fiiddler, and banjo player (Carolina Chocolate Drops), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 24 Alexis Jose Grullon, American vocalist (Menudo-Cannonball), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 25 Sarah Jezebel Deva, English singer
  • Feb 28 Jason Aldean [Williams], American country singer ("Dirt Road Anthem"), born in Macon, Georgia

Person of interestChris Martin

Mar 2 Chris Martin, British rock singer-songwriter, ans piano player (Coldplay - "Viva la Vida"), born in Exeter, Devon, England

Lead Vocalist of Coldplay Chris Martin
Lead Vocalist of Coldplay
Chris Martin

Person of interestRonan Keating

Mar 3 Ronan Keating, Bayside Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • Mar 4 Jason Marsalis, American jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 7 Bartosz Kowalski [-Banasewicz], (Contra Tempus; Symmetrical Visions)Polish classical music composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Mar 10 Matt Rubano, American musician (Taking Back Sunday)
  • Mar 10 Robin Thicke, Canadian-American singer ("Blurred Lines"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 11 Andre Nickatina, American rapper
  • Mar 12 Ben Kenney, American rock guitarist and bassist (The Roots, 2000-03; Incubus, 2003-present), born in Brielle, New Jersey
  • Mar 13 Ed Sloan, American musician (Crossfade), born in South Carolina
  • Mar 15 Joe Hahn, American musician
  • Mar 18 Devin Lima [Harold Lima], American singer (LFO), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Mar 22 Santa Ratniece, Latvian classical and choral composer (Horo horo hata hata), born in Jelgava, Latvia
  • Mar 24 Corneille [Cornelius Nyungura], Rawandan-Canadian R&B, pop, and soul singer, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Mar 28 Angelo Garcia, singer (Menudo - "Cannonball"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 31 Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • Apr 4 Adam Dutkiewicz, American guitarist (Killswitch Engage), born in Westhampton, Massachusetts

Person of interestGerard Way

Apr 9 Gerard Way, American singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance - "Welcome To The Black Parade"), born in Summit, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Gerard Way
Singer-Songwriter
Gerard Way
  • Apr 11 DJ Fresh [Daniel Stein], British musician, DJ and record producer ("Louder"; "Hot Right Now"), born in England
  • Apr 17 Sizzla Kalonji [Miguel Orlando Collins], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 17 Phil Jamieson, Australian singer (Grinspoon), born in Hornsby, New South Wales
  • Apr 21 Doseone [Adam Drucker], American rapper (co-founder of Anticon), born in Napa, Idaho
  • Apr 22 Aaron Fink, American guitarist (Breaking Benjamin)

Person of interestJohn Cena

Apr 23 John Cena, American professional wrestler, rapper and actor (The Marine), born in West Newbury, Massachusetts

Professional Wrestler and Actor John Cena
Professional Wrestler and Actor
John Cena
  • Apr 25 Paavo Siljamäki, Finnish musician (Above & Beyond)
  • Apr 25 Constantinos Christoforou, Cypriot singer (O, ti m'afora), born in Limassol, Cyprus
  • Apr 25 Matthew West, American Christian musician and singer (Happy), born in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • May 1 Dan Regan, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • May 8 Joe Bonnamassa, American singer-songwriter (SeeSaw), born in New Hartford, New York
  • May 13 Ilse DeLange, Dutch singer
  • May 16 Dolcenera, Italian singer
  • May 26 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • May 28 Ashley Ryan Ruiz Offord, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 31 Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
  • Jun 5 Christian Martucci, American musician
  • Jun 5 Nourhanne, Lebanese singer

Person of interestKanye West

Jun 8 Kanye West, American rapper and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
  • Jun 10 Takako Matsu, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jun 10 Adam Darski, Polish musician most known for being the leader of Behemoth
  • Jun 12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd [Brobst], American blues-rock guitarist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jun 23 Jason Mraz, American singer-songwriter ("I'm Yours"; "Have It All"), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Jun 28 Harun Tekin, Turkish musician (Mor ve Ötesi), born in Ankara, Turkey
  • Jun 28 Mark Stoermer, American bass player (The Killers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 1 Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist (Flow), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 1 Birgit Schuurman, Dutch singer and actress, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Jul 4 Jonas Kjellgren, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry), born in Grangärde, Sweden
  • Jul 5 Royce Da 5'9" [Ryan Daniel Montgomery], American rapper, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 9 Isaac Brock, American musician and songwriter (Modest mouse), born in Helena, Montana
  • Jul 15 Ray Toro, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • Jul 15 Faraz Anwar, Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)
  • Jul 17 Lehmber Hussainpuri, Indian singer, born in Kapurthala, India
  • Jul 26 Rebecca St. James, Australian Christian pop rock singer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 1 Damien Saez, French singer and songwriter, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
  • Aug 8 Robert Randolph, American pedal steel guitarist (Robert Randolph and the Family Band), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • Aug 9 Aldona Nawrocka, Polish pianist, composer and educator, born in Rzeszów, Poland
  • Aug 10 Aaron Kamin, American musician (The Calling)
  • Aug 11 Gemma Hayes, Irish born singer
  • Aug 12 Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
  • Aug 16 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Aug 17 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer, born in Kitee, Finland
  • Aug 18 Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 27 Mase [Mason Durell Betha], American rapper (Harlem World), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 30 Jens Ludwig, German heavy metal guitarist (Edguy), born in Fulda, Germany
  • Aug 31 Craig Nicholls, Australian musician (The Vines), born in Sydney
  • Sep 2 Ramiro Muñoz, Colombian musician
  • Sep 2 Sam Rivers, American rock bassist (Limp Bizkit), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 4 Lucie Silvas [Silverman], British singer-songwriter, born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • Sep 5 Alexey Harkov, Russian bassist (Kipelov, Sergey Mavrin), born in Khimki, Moscow
  • Sep 6 Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Sep 9 Chae Jung-an, South Korean actress and singer, born in Busan, South Korea
  • Sep 9 Soulja Slim [James Adarryl Tapp Jr.], American rapper (Slow Motion), born in Magnolia Projects, New Orleans (d. 2003)
  • Sep 11 Ludacris [Christopher Bridges], American rapper and actor (Back for the First Time, Fast and Furious), born in Champaign, Illinois

Weddings in Music

  • Aug 27 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol

Deaths in Music


Person of interestErroll Garner

Jan 2 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 9 Alexey Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Russian composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 21 John Vincent, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93
  • Feb 8 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • Feb 10 Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 26 Maxime Jacob, French composer and organist, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Mar 5 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 5 Moses Pergament, Finnish-Swedish classical composer (The Jewish Song Choral Symphony) and music critic, dies at 83
  • Mar 10 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • Mar 14 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, dies at 63
  • Mar 22 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 22 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Bennie Green, American swing jazz and soul trombonist (Earl Hines), dies at 53
  • Mar 24 Saburō Moroi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Lodewijk de Vocht, Belgian composer, dies at 89
  • Mar 30 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, American orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73
  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, German organist & composer, dies at 71
  • May 16 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), dies at 50
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • May 30 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 2 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 5 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • Jun 22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), dies at 24
  • Jun 25 Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 25 Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 26 Lou Reizner, American rock vocalist AND producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jul 3 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Oedoen Partos, Hungarian-Israeli violist (Israel Philharmonic, 1938-56), composer, and teacher dies at 69
  • Jul 10 Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
  • Jul 12 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, drowns along with his girlfriend at 38
  • Jul 23 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 26 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Karac Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, dies of respiratory failure at 6

Person of interestElvis Presley

Aug 16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Aug 17 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86
  • Aug 26 Heinz Rottger, German composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 1 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78
  • Sep 6 Guido Pannain, composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 6 Paul Burkhard, composer, dies at 65
  • Sep 7 Gustave Reese, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 13 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, Disney's Fantasia), dies of a heart attack at 95
  • Sep 16 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong (Get It On)), dies in a car crash at 29
  • Sep 16 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), dies in Paris at 53
  • Sep 29 Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 30 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • Oct 4 Del Porter, American jazz singer (Foursome - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Spike Jones and His City Slickers - "Der Fuehrer's Face"), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75

Person of interestBing Crosby

Oct 14 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American singer and actor (Going My Way), dies of a heart attack at 74

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Oct 20 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 20 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Oct 20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 21 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 24 Hugo Myrtelius, Swedish conductor, composer, and educator, dies at 85
  • Oct 27 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, dies at 65
  • Nov 5 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
  • Nov 11 Greta Keller, Vienna-born cabaret singer and actress (b. 1903)
  • Nov 14 Richard Addinsell, English composer (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 73
  • Nov 15 Serafin Pro, Cuban composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 19 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), commits suicide while suffering from stomach cancer at 50
  • Dec 5 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color) dies of a stroke at 42
  • Dec 16 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, dies at 62
  • Dec 22 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 26 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, dies at 53