Deaths in Music in 1977

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

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 9 Alexey Kozlovsky, 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, 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 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, American blues guitarist, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 Maxime Jacob, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Sherman Garnes, 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, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 10 E Power Biggs, English organist/composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • Mar 14 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, dies at 63
  • Mar 24 Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Lodewijk de Vocht, 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, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, composer, dies at 73
  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 26 Jim Boles, actor (Kraft Music Hall, One Man's Family), dies at 63
  • 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, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
  • Jun 2 Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist/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, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • Jul 3 Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 6 Oedoen Partos, composer, 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 (b. 1939)
  • Jul 23 RenĂ© de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Gena Branscombe, 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

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Aug 16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is 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 21 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • 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 musician (b. 1899)
  • 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), dies of a heart attack at 95
  • Sep 16 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
  • Sep 29 Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin, Russian composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902 )

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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, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 20 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Oct 20 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • Oct 21 Ferit Tuzun, composer, dies at 48
  • Nov 5 Guy Lombardo, 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 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), commits suicide 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 22 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 26 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, dies at 53