Deaths in Music in January 1979

  • Jan 5 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 8 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 9 Avery Claflin, composer, 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, dies at 53
  • Jan 31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43