Deaths in Music in 1978

  • Jan 10 Don Gillis, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Terry Kath, American musician and songwriter (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • Jan 23 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 27 Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 9 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 27 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 11 Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 12 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • Mar 13 David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • Mar 30 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • May 1 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • May 16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • May 22 Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 14 Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 9 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), dies at 49
  • Jul 10 Michel Gusikoff, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 13 Antonio Veretti, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 27 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 31 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 15 Harrison Kerr, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 20 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 24 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), dies at 86
  • Sep 1 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies at 33
  • Sep 5 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • Sep 6 Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)

Person of interestKeith Moon

Sep 7 Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Sep 8 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • Oct 8 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 49
  • Oct 10 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

Oct 23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • Nov 9 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 12 Howard Swanson, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Nov 26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • Nov 29 Alan Richardson, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27