Deaths in Music in January 1970

  • Jan 2 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 5 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer, dies at 73
  • 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 31 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46