On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1970

  • Jan 2 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 15 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), dies at 64
  • Jan 17 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • Jan 17 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 24 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • Jan 25 Jane Bathori, French mezzo-soprano, dies at 92
  • Jan 31 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Feb 1 Blaz Arnic, Slovenian composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Dave Franklin, American composer (The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down), dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 André Souris, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Alfred Newman, American film music arranger, conductor and composer, winner of 9 Academy Awards (The Robe; How The West Was Won; Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing), dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 1 Lucille Hegamin, American singer & entertainer, dies at 75
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, American singer, actor, playwright, composer and director (Little Mary Sunshine), dies of internal hemorrhages at 45
  • Mar 16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • Mar 16 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22
  • Mar 20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, Dutch oboist, and conductor (Residence Orchestra), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53
  • Apr 21 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • May 3 Candelario Huízar, Mexican violist, horn player, and classical and canción composer ("Surco"), dies at 82
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, Uruguayan composer and conductor, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Jun 10 Earl Grant, American American pop pianist, organist, and singer, dies in a car crash in New Mexico at 39
  • Jun 16 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies at 59
  • Jul 19 Barry Wood {Louis Rappaport], American singer (Your Hit Parade), and television producer, dies at 61
  • Jul 29 (Giovanni) "John" Barbirolli, British cellist, and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1936-43; Hallé Orchestra, 1943-1970; Houston Symphony, 1961-67), dies of a heart attackat 70
  • Jul 29 Jonel Perlea, Romanian opera conductor, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • Aug 5 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, German composer (The Soldiers Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, Norwegian cellist and composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, American organist, teacher, and composer (Smoek and Steel; Wood-Notes), dies at 78
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, Dutch dance teacher, dies at 55
  • Sep 2 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63
  • Sep 3 Alan Wilson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Canned Heat), dies at 27

Jimi Hendrix

Sep 18 Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (Purple Haze), dies from asphyxiation at 27

  • Sep 23 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • Sep 25 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 1 Hans Poser, German composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 1 Petar Konjović, Serbian composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 2 Alfred Swan, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Bo Linde, Swedish composer, dies at 37
  • Oct 4 George Frederick McKay, American composer, dies at 71

Janis Joplin

Oct 4 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27

  • Oct 11 Anis Fuleihan, American composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 13 Julia Culp, Dutch mezzo-soprano, dies at 90
  • Oct 28 Baby Huey [James Ramey], American rock and soul singer (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies of a drug-related heart attack at 26
  • Oct 28 Eduardo López-Chávarri y Marco, Spanish composer, music critic and lawyer, dies at 99
  • Nov 6 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Gene Gifford American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and arranger (Jean Goldkette; Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 62
  • Nov 18 Hal Dickinson, American singer (Modernaires), dies at 56
  • Nov 24 Evgeny Karlovich Tikotsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 Robert Ruthenfranz, German composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 29 Karl Ottó Runólfsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 14 Elmer Schoebel, American jazz pianist, arranger (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Isham Jones), and composer ("Farewell Blues"; "Prince Of Wails"), dies at 73
  • Dec 23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • Dec 24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), dies at 41
  • Dec 29 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Alchemist), dies at 91