Deaths in Music in 1976

  • 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

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

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  • 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