Deaths in Music in January 1980

  • Jan 2 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Georgeanna Tillman, US singer (the Marvelettes), dies at 35 from lupus and sickle cell anemia
  • Jan 7 Larry Williams, American rocker (Dizzy, Miss Lizzie), dies of a gunshot wound to the head at 44
  • Jan 7 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85
  • Jan 30 Professor Longhair [Henry Roeland Byrd], American blues singer and pianist, dies from a heart attack at 61