Deaths in Music in July 1979

  • 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)