Deaths in Music in 1979

  • Jan 5 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Sara Carter, American vocalist, guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • Jan 13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • Jan 16 Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43

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Feb 2 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

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  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Mar 5 Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 6 Milton Ager, US composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • May 9 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Lester Raymond Flatt, musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
  • May 21 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jun 8 Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 16 Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, singer/songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle), dies at 35
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabelac, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
  • Oct 17 Karel Reiner, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Dec 2 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77