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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1975.
- January 2 – New York City U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.
- January 5 – The Wiz, a new musical version of the classic Wizard of Oz story, opens at Broadway's Majestic Theater in New York City.
- January 6 – Approximately 1.000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting for tickets to go on sale for Led Zeppelin's February 4 concert, cause an estimated $30,000 in damage to the lobby of the Boston Garden. The fans reportedly broke chairs and doors and caused other damage to the building. Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels the upcoming show.
- January 8 – Three Led Zeppelin concerts at Madison Square Garden sell out in a record four hours.
- January 12 – "The Warner Brothers Music Show" begins a nine-city, 18-show tour of Europe. The tour included Warner Brothers acts Little Feat, Tower of Power, the Doobie Brothers, Bonaroo, Montrose, and Graham Central Station.
- January 24 – Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett plays the solo improvisation 'The Köln Concert' at the Cologne Opera, which, recorded live, becomes the best-selling piano recording in history.
- February 13 – The film Slade In Flame, starring the members of Slade, premieres at the Metropole Theatre in London.
- February 21 – John Lennon releases his Rock 'n' Roll LP, featuring his favorite rock songs from the 1950s. To promote the album he conducts a telephone interview with 20 rock radio stations simultaneously.
- March 1 – The 17th Annual Grammy Awards are presented in New York, hosted by Andy Williams. Stevie Wonder's Fulfillingness' First Finale wins Album of the Year, Olivia Newton-John's "I Honestly Love You" wins Record of the Year and Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" wins Song of the Year. Marvin Hamlisch wins Best New Artist.
- March 2 – Los Angeles Police make a routine traffic stop that turns out to be Paul McCartney and his wife Linda. Linda is arrested for having 170 to 225 grams (six to eight ounces) of marijuana in her pocketbook.
- March 21 – Alice Cooper, now a solo artist, begins the Welcome to My Nightmare tour in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The elaborate show is among the largest stage spectacles of the decade.
- March 22 – In the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden, the Dutch group Teach-In wins with the song "Ding-A-Dong".
- March 23 – Promoter Bill Graham stages the S.N.A.C.K. (Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks) charity concert at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California, to benefit the city's educational system. Almost 60,000 people come to see The Grateful Dead, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, Jefferson Starship, Tower of Power, Eddie Palmieri, Joan Baez, Graham Central Station and Neil Young joined by members of The Band along with a surprise appearance by Bob Dylan. It's the largest benefit concert in history to date.
- March 26 – The film version of The Who's Tommy premieres in London.
- March 29 – Jeff Beck releases the album Blow by Blow. It is the first album to be released using just his name.
- April 3 – Steve Miller is arrested and charged with setting fire to the clothes and personal effects of a friend, Benita DiOrio, and resisting arrest. DiOrio drops the charges the following day.
- April 7 – Ritchie Blackmore plays a final show with Deep Purple in Paris before quitting to form his own group, Rainbow.
- April 17 – Cambodian singer-songwriter Sinn Sisamouth and his pregnant wife are among millions forced out of Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge.
- April 18 – Alice Cooper's first television special, Welcome to My Nightmare: The Making of a Record Album airs.
- April 24 – Pete Ham, founder of the group Badfinger, is found hanged in his London garage. His death is ruled a suicide.
- April 28 – Tom Snyder interviews John Lennon on the Tomorrow Show.
- May 1 – The Rolling Stones announce their forthcoming North American tour by performing Brown Sugar from a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The occasion was guitarist Ronnie Wood's debut with the band.
- May 10 – Stevie Wonder performs before 125,000 people at the Washington Monument as part of Human Kindness Day festivities.
- June 1 – The Rolling Stones open their North American Tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- June 20 – Talking Heads perform their first show at CBGB in New York.
- June 23 – Alice Cooper falls off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, Canada, breaking six ribs.
- June 24 – "Gens du pays", the unofficial national anthem of Quebec, is performed for the first time by Gilles Vigneault in a concert on Montreal's Mount Royal.
- June 30 – Cher and Gregg Allman are married in a Las Vegas hotel suite. That same day, The Jackson 5 leave Motown for CBS Records, but the brothers are forced to change their name to The Jacksons because Motown owns the Jackson 5 name. Jermaine Jackson stays with Motown when his brothers break their contracts and leave for CBS; he is replaced by youngest Jackson brother Randy as a result.
- July 4 – The Texas Senate declares the Fourth of July "Willie Nelson Day", as more than 70,000 fans visit Liberty Hill for the third annual picnic and country rock show headlined by Willie himself.
- August 4 – Robert Plant and his wife Maureen are seriously injured in a car accident while vacationing on the Greek island of Rhodes. The immediate future of Led Zeppelin is cast into doubt, as Plant will not recover for quite some time.
- August 9
- The Bee Gees begin their mid-1970s international comeback when "Jive Talkin'" reaches #1 and goes platinum with sales over 1 million.
- Renato Carosone's comeback concert after a 15-year retirement.
- The first Rock Music Awards, produced by Don Kirshner, are held in Los Angeles, co-hosted by Elton John and Diana Ross. John wins "Outstanding Rock Personality of the Year". The Who's film Tommy wins "Rock Movie of the Year".
- August 23 – Peter Gabriel leaves British progressive rock group Genesis.
- September 15 – Pink Floyd releases their ninth album, Wish You Were Here.
- September 29 – Singer Jackie Wilson suffers a massive heart attack while performing on stage in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He survives but never physically recovers.
- October 3 – The Who release their seventh studio album, The Who By Numbers.
- October 7 – John Lennon finally wins his battle to stay in the United States after the New York Court of Appeals overturns Lennon's 1972 deportation order.
- October 9
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono become parents of Sean Ono Lennon at 2:00 AM. The birth heralds the beginning of John's temporary retirement from the music business as he vows to devote himself to family for the next five years.
- Rock band Kiss earns publicity by playing the homecoming dance of Cadillac High School in Cadillac, Michigan.
- October 11 – Bruce Springsteen appears at the Monmouth Arts Center (Count Basie Theater) for The Homecoming Concert.
- October 18 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite on the second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC, performing "The Boxer", "Scarborough Fair", and new collaboration "My Little Town".
- October 27 – Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines on the same week.
- October 30 – Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour begins.
- November 6 – The Sex Pistols play their first concert at St. Martin's School of Art in London.
- November 21 – Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes to number one in the U.K., where it remains for five weeks of 1975 and four weeks of 1976.
- December 6 – The Who set the record for largest indoor concert at the Pontiac Silverdome, attended by 78,000 fans.
- December 10 – The John Denver holiday special Rocky Mountain Christmas airs on ABC.
- December 18 – The official break-up of Faces is announced at a London press conference. Rod Stewart will continue his solo career while Ronnie Wood is widely expected to be announced as an official member of The Rolling Stones in the near future.
- December 24 – The first issue of Punk magazine is released with a January 1976 cover date. A drawing of Lou Reed is on the cover.
- December 25 – Bassist Steve Harris forms Iron Maiden, drawing the name from a torture device mentioned in The Man in the Iron Mask.
- December 31
- The fourth annual New Year's Rockin' Eve airs on ABC, with performances by Average White Band, Melissa Manchester, Freddy Fender, and Neil Sedaka.
- Elvis Presley performs before the biggest audience of his career, at Pontiac, Michigan's Silverdome. During the show, Elvis rips his pants onstage and has to leave to change.
Also in 1975
- John Rutter becomes Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.
- Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo leave the 5th Dimension and start solo careers.
- The Goodies have five top twenty singles (in the UK) becoming, according to Bill Oddie, "the first, the only and the most successful comedy rockers".
- Ramones sign to Sire Records.
- First release of "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", by John Currie, on Australian label M7.
|8||Promised Land||Elvis Presley||-|
|16||Forever, Michael||Michael Jackson||-|
|20||Blood on the Tracks||Bob Dylan||-|
|23||Never Can Say Goodbye||Gloria Gaynor||-|
|-||Commoners Crown||Steeleye Span||-|
|Don't Cha Love It||The Miracles||-|
|Down by the Jetty||Dr. Feelgood||-|
|The First Minute of a New Day||Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson||-|
|Flavours||The Guess Who||-|
|It's Time||Bonnie Bramlett||-|
|Modern Times||Al Stewart||-|
|New Year, New Band, New Company||John Mayall||-|
|Picture Music||Klaus Schulze||-|
|Play Don't Worry||Mick Ronson||-|
|Plug Me Into Something||Henry Gross||-|
|Scorching Beauty||Iron Butterfly||-|
|Sunday's Child||John Martyn||-|
|Urban Renewal||Tower of Power||-|
|7||Mister Magic||Grover Washington, Jr.||-|
|12||Have You Never Been Mellow||Olivia Newton-John||-|
|15||Fly by Night||Rush||-|
|16||Bolan's Zip Gun||T.Rex||-|
|17||High Voltage||AC/DC||Australia-only; Debut|
|Rock 'n' Roll||John Lennon||Covers album|
|21||On the Level||Status Quo||-|
|24||Physical Graffiti||Led Zeppelin||-|
|27||On Your Feet or on Your Knees||Blue Öyster Cult||Live|
|Changing Woman||Buffy Sainte-Marie||-|
|Cold on the Shoulder||Gordon Lightfoot||-|
|Desperate Straights||Slapp Happy and Henry Cow||-|
|Dixie Rock||Wet Willie||-|
|An Evening with John Denver||John Denver||Live|
|For Earth Below||Robin Trower||-|
|Mad Dog||John Entwistle||-|
|Pieces of the Sky||Emmylou Harris||-|
|Really Rosie||Carole King||Soundtrack|
|Song for America||Kansas||-|
|Street Rats||Humble Pie||-|
|Then Came You||Dionne Warwick||-|
|Unrequited||Loudon Wainwright III||Studio and live|
|Visions of the Emerald Beyond||Mahavishnu Orchestra||-|
|6||Made in the Shade||The Rolling Stones||Compilation|
|Metamorphosis||The Rolling Stones||Outtakes recorded 1964–70|
|10||One of These Nights||Eagles||-|
|13||Red Octopus||Jefferson Starship||-|
|16||Why Can't We Be Friends?||War||-|
|20||It's My Pleasure||Billy Preston||-|
|Tonight's the Night||Neil Young||-|
|25||One Size Fits All||Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention||-|
|26||The Basement Tapes||Bob Dylan & The Band||Recorded 1967–75|
|-||Cut the Cake||Average White Band||-|
|The Dream Weaver||Gary Wright||-|
|Dreaming My Dreams||Waylon Jennings||-|
|Greatest Hits||Cat Stevens||Compilation|
|The Heat Is On||The Isley Brothers||-|
|The Hit Man||Eddie Kendricks||-|
|Jasmine Nightdreams||Edgar Winter||-|
|Main Course||Bee Gees||-|
|Michael Bolotin||Michael Bolton||-|
|Return to Fantasy||Uriah Heep||-|
|Rising for the Moon||Fairport Convention||-|
|Trying to Burn the Sun||Elf||-|
|The Tubes||The Tubes||-|
|4||Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow||Rainbow||-|
|15||Atlantic Crossing||Rod Stewart||-|
|18||Daryl Hall & John Oates||Hall & Oates||-|
|Nightingales & Bombers||Manfred Mann's Earth Band||-|
|25||Born to Run||Bruce Springsteen||-|
|27||Love to Love You Baby||Donna Summer||-|
|28||The Best of Michael Jackson||Michael Jackson||Compilation|
|-||Acid Queen||Tina Turner||-|
|Al Green Is Love||Al Green||-|
|Caught in the Act||Grand Funk Railroad||Live|
|Dreamboat Annie||Heart||Canada; released in US Feb. '76|
|E. C. Was Here||Eric Clapton||Live|
|Mellow Madness||Quincy Jones||-|
|Pick of the Litter||The Spinners||-|
|Searchin' for a Rainbow||The Marshall Tucker Band||-|
|So Fine||Loggins & Messina||-|
|Spirit of the Boogie||Kool & The Gang||-|
|Stamp Album||Climax Blues Band||-|
|Win, Lose or Draw||The Allman Brothers Band||-|
|1||Tryin' to Get the Feeling||Barry Manilow||-|
|2||Bongo Fury||Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention with Captain Beefheart||Live + some studio tracks|
|3||The Who by Numbers||The Who||-|
|4||Rock of the Westies||Elton John||-|
|10||Come Taste the Band||Deep Purple||-|
|24||History: America's Greatest Hits||America||Compilation|
|Shaved Fish||John Lennon||Compilation|
|25||Still Crazy After All These Years||Paul Simon||-|
|-||Against the Grain||Rory Gallagher||-|
|All Around My Hat||Steeleye Span||-|
|Flying Again||The Flying Burrito Brothers||-|
|Godbluff||Van der Graaf Generator||-|
|Lazy Afternoon||Barbra Streisand||-|
|Nighthawks at the Diner||Tom Waits||Live|
|Sun and Steel||Iron Butterfly||-|
|1||Elva kvinnor i ett hus||Agnetha Fältskog||-|
|We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll||Black Sabbath||Compilation|
|4||Stephen Stills Live||Stephen Stills||-|
|5||Live!||Bob Marley & The Wailers||Live|
|12||Blast from Your Past||Ringo Starr||Compilation|
|Marcus Garvey||Burning Spear||-|
|29||Elite Hotel||Emmylou Harris||-|
|-||Evening Star||Fripp & Eno||-|
|Head On||Bachman–Turner Overdrive||-|
|Heaven and Hell||Vangelis||-|
|Wouldn't You Like It?||Bay City Rollers||-|
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Biggest hit singles
The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1975.
|1||Billy Swan||"I Can Help"||1974||USA – 1, Netherlands – 1, Austria – 1, Switzerland – 1, Norway – 1, Belgium – 1, New Zealand – 1, Germany – 1, Sweden – 1, Australia – 1, France – 1, Denmark – 1, Canada – 2, South Africa – 3, Ireland – 11|
|2||10cc||"I'm Not in Love"||1975||UK – 1, Ireland – 1, Canada – 1, Brazil – 1, USA – 2, France – 2, Australia – 3, New Zealand – 4, Belgium – 5, Netherlands – 5, Norway – 6, Germany – 8, Switzerland – 8, South Africa – 17, Italy – 24|
|3||Alain Barriere||"Tu t'en vas"||1975||Germany – 1, Australia – 1, South Africa – 1, UK – 2, Canada – 2, Belgium – 2, Netherlands – 2, Norway – 2, Ireland – 2, Austria – 3, New Zealand – 3, Switzerland – 3, USA – 5, Sweden – 10|
|4||Morris Albert||"Feelings"||1974||USA – 1, Canada – 1, Ireland – 1, Belgium – 1, New Zealand – 2, South Africa – 2, Netherlands – 3, UK – 4, Australia – 5, Sweden – 17, Germany – 31|
|5||Salsoul Orchestra||"Tangerine"||1975||Netherlands – 1, Sweden – 1, Austria – 1, Switzerland – 1, Norway – 1, Germany – 1, Belgium – 1, South Africa – 1, Canada – 5, UK – 10, Italy – 11, USA – 26|
Chronological table of U.S. and UK number one hit singles
Note: best sellers of the year are bold.
Other selected singles
- "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" – Helen Reddy
- "At Seventeen" – Janis Ian
- "Bad Time" – Grand Funk
- "Ballroom Blitz" – The Sweet
- "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" – Neil Sedaka
- "Could It Be Magic" – Barry Manilow
- "Cut the Cake" – Average White Band
- "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" – Sugarloaf
- "Games People Play" – Spinners
- "Happy Days" – Pratt & McClain
- "Heat Wave" – Linda Ronstadt
- "Holdin' on to Yesterday" – Ambrosia
- "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" – James Taylor
- "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone" – Paul Anka
- "I Write the Songs" – Barry Manilow
- "It Only Takes A Minute" – Tavares
- "It's a Miracle" – Barry Manilow
- "I'm Not In Love" – 10CC
- "Killer Queen" – Queen
- "Lover Please" – Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge
- "Magic" – Pilot
- "Miracles – Jefferson Starship
- "Mr. Jaws" – Dickie Goodman
- "My Little Town" – Simon & Garfunkel
- "Never Can Say Goodbye" – Gloria Gaynor
- "Old Days" – Chicago
- "The Proud One" – Osmond Brothers
- "The Rockford Files" – Mike Post
- "Roll On Down the Highway" – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- "Sad Sweet Dreamer" – Sweet Sensation
- "Sky High" – Jigsaw
- "S.O.S." – ABBA
- "Take Me in Your Arms" – Doobie Brothers
- "To the Door of the Sun (Alle Porte del Sole)" – Al Martino
- "Up in a Puff of Smoke" – Polly Brown
- "Who Loves You" – Four Seasons
- "Why Can't We Be Friends" – War
- "Wonderful Baby" – Don McLean
Published popular music
- "And All That Jazz" w. Fred Ebb m. John Kander. Introduced by Chita Rivera in the musical Chicago
- "Anytime (I'll Be There)" w.m. Paul Anka
- "At Seventeen" w.m. Janis Ian
- "Calypso" w.m. John Denver
- "I'm Not in Love" w.m. Graham Gouldman & Eric Stewart
- "I'm Sorry" w.m. John Denver
- "Love Will Keep Us Together" w.m. Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
- "Mamma Mia" w.m. Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson & Björn Ulvaeus
- "Movin' On Up" w.m. Jeff Barry and Ja'net Dubois, theme from the TV series The Jeffersons
- "New York State of Mind" w.m. Billy Joel
- "One" w. Edward Kleban m. Marvin Hamlisch
- "Rockin' All Over the World" w.m. John C. Fogerty
- "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" w.m. Freddy Fender & Wayne Duncan
- "The Way I Want To Touch You" w.m. Toni Tennille
- "What I Did For Love" w. Edward Kleban m. Marvin Hamlisch
- "You" w.m. Tom Snow
- Samuel Adler – Symphony No. 5, We are the Echoes
- Osvaldas Balakauskas – Sonata of the Mountains
- Claude Bolling and Jean-Pierre Rampal – Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano
- Mario Davidovsky – Scenes from Shir ha-Shirim for soprano, two tenors, bass soli and chamber ensemble
- Klaus Huber – Blätterlos for piano
- Wojciech Kilar – Bogurodzica for mixed choir and orchestra
- Theo Loevendie – Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra, Incantations
- Witold Lutosławski – Les Espaces du sommeil
- Krzysztof Meyer
- Sonata for piano, No. 5
- Sonata for solo violin
- Frederic Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
- Karlheinz Stockhausen
- Alexander Vustin – The Word
- Dmitri Shostakovich – Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 (his final work)
- Viktor Ullmann – Der Kaiser von Atlantis (16 December, Bellevue Centre, Amsterdam)
- John Rutter – Bang! (14 March, Fairfield Halls, Croydon)
- Aulis Sallinen – The Horseman (17 June, Savonlinna Opera Festival)
- Chicago – Broadway production opened at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances
- A Chorus Line (Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban) – Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theatre and ran for 6137 performances, the longest run of any Broadway musical at the time
- A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim) – London production
- Dance With Me – Broadway production opened at the Mayfair Theatre and ran for 396 performances
- The Wiz – Broadway production opened at the Majestic Theatre and ran for 1672 performances
- Pacific Overtures – Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre and ran for 192 performances
- January 2
- January 3 – Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk)
- January 5 – Bradley Cooper, American singer, actor, film maker, voice actor and producer (A Star Is Born, 2018, starring Lady Gaga)
- January 8 – Harris Jayaraj, Indian film composer and producer
- January 13 – Jason King, radio DJ
- January 15
- January 17 – Rami Yacoub, Swedish-born Palestinian music producer and songwriter (Cheiron Studios and Maratone)
- January 24 – Paul Marazzi, English singer (A1)
- January 28 – Lee Latchford-Evans, British singer (Steps)
- January 29 – Kelly Packard, American singer-actress-hostess
- January 30 – Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer (Puffy Amiyumi)
- February 1 – Big Boi (OutKast)
- February 4 – Natalie Imbruglia, Australian singer-songwriter, model and actress
- February 5 – Adam Carson, drummer (AFI)
- February 6 – Tomoko Kawase, Japanese singer
- February 7 – Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit)
- February 14 – Scott Owen, Australian rock musician (The Living End)
- February 17 – Harisu, South Korean singer, model and actress
- February 18 – Simon Kvamm, Danish singer, keyboard player, and actor (Nephew)
- February 19 – Daniel Adair, Canadian rock drummer (Nickelback)
- February 20 – Brian Littrell, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
- February 21 – Heri Joensen, Faroese rock musician (Týr)
- February 23 – Robert Lopez, American composer and lyricist of musicals
- March 4 – Hawksley Workman, Canadian rock singer-songwriter
- March 8 – Peggy Zina, Greek singer
- March 10 – Jerry Horton (Papa Roach)
- March 12 – Kelle Bryan, British singer (Eternal)
- March 15 – will.i.am, American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, record producer, entrepreneur (The Black Eyed Peas)
- March 17
- March 18 – Sutton Foster, American actress, singer and dancer
- March 25 – Melanie Blatt, English singer-songwriter and actress (All Saints)
- March 27 – Fergie, (Stacy Ferguson) American singer-songwriter, dancer (The Black Eyed Peas)
- April 7 – Karin Dreijer, Swedish singer-songwriter and record producer
- April 8 – Anouk (singer), Dutch singer-songwriter and musician
- April 10 – Chris Carrabba, American rock musician (Dashboard Confessional)
- April 14 – Stefano Miceli, Italian conductor and pianist
- 22 April – Anders Nyström, Swedish guitarist (Katatonia & Bloodbath)
- 23 April – Jonsi, Icelandic musician and member of Sigur Ros
- April 26
- May 3 – Maksim Mrvica, Croatian crossover pianist
- May 8 – Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter, actor and record producer
- May 15
- May 16
- May 18 – Jack Johnson, American singer-songwriter, musician and documentary film-maker
- May 19 – Jonas Renkse, Swedish vocalist (Katatonia) and bassist (Bloodbath)
- May 20 – Andrew Sega, American electronic musician
- May 24 – Alex Lacamoire, American musical arranger (Hamilton)
- May 25 – Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actress (The Fugees)
- May 27 – André 3000, American rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor (OutKast)
- May 29 – Melanie Brown, English singer-songwriter, presenter, television personality, dancer, actress, author and model (Spice Girls)
- June 2 – Gisle Torvik, Norwegian jazz guitarist
- June 4 – Russell Brand, English actor, comedian and DJ
- June 8 – Emm Gryner, Canadian singer-songwriter
- June 23 – KT Tunstall, Scottish singer-songwriter and musician.
- June 26
- June 28
- July 1 – Sufjan Stevens, American folk musician
- July 2 – Erik Ohlsson, Millencolin
- July 5 – Gunnar H. Thomsen, Faroese rock bassist (Týr)
- July 6 – 50 Cent, American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor
- July 9
- July 11 – Lil' Kim, American rapper
- July 12 – Tracie Spencer, American singer and actress
- July 14
- July 18
- July 21 – Fredrik Johansson, Swedish rock guitarist
- July 22 – Aile Asszonyi, operatic soprano
- July 25 – Håvard Ellefsen (Mortiis)
- August 5 – Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
- August 7 – Gaahl, black metal vocalist
- August 27 – Björn Gelotte Swedish guitarist (In Flames)
- August 27 – Mase, rapper
- August 28 – Marek Szulen, electronic music composer
- August 31 – Sara Ramirez, Mexican American actress, singer-songwriter, and activist
- September 1
- September 4 – Mark Ronson, British DJ and music producer
- September 8 – Richard Hughes, British drummer (Keane)
- September 9 – Michael Bublé, Canadian-Italian big band, swing, vocal jazz singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.
- September 11 – Brad Fischetti, LFO
- September 16 – Shannon Noll, Australian singer
- September 17 – Constantine Maroulis, American singer (Pray for the Soul of Betty)
- September 20 – Asia Argento, Italian actress, singer, model, activist and director.
- September 21 – Lil Rob, Chicano rapper
- September 22 – Mystikal, rapper
- September 23 – Chris Hawkins, British radio personality
- September 27 – Tim Campbell (actor), Australian stage actor, actor, singer and musician (Anthony Callea)
- September 30 – Georges-Alain Jones, French singer
- October 3 – India Arie, American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer
- October 7
- October 9
- October 14 – Shaznay Lewis, English singer (All Saints)
- October 27
- October 30 – Ian D'Sa, Canadian rock guitarist (Billy Talent)
- Steve Kazee, American singer and actor (Jenna Dewan)
- November 1 – Bo Bice, American singer
- November 5
- November 6 – Mike Herrera (MxPx)
- November 8 – Ángel Corella, Spanish dancer
- November 12 – Aaron Solowoniuk, Canadian rock drummer (Billy Talent)
- November 14
- November 19 – Tamika Scott, American singer/songwriter and producer
- November 20
- November 25 – Paul Mealor, composer
- December 5 – Paula Patton, American songwriter under the pseudonym "Max"
- December 13 – Tom Delonge, American musician (blink-182)
- December 14 – Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October)
- December 16 – Benjamin Kowalewicz, Canadian rock lead singer (Billy Talent)
- December 18 – Sia (musician), Australian singer-songwriter, record producer and music video director (Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Kate Pierson)
- December 21 – Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
- December 22 – Amy Wadge, British singer-songwriter
- December 23 – Katie Underwood, Australian singer-songwriter (Bardot)
- December 30 – Yoma Komatsu, former member of the female J-Pop group BeForU
- Jonas Jeberg, Danish producer, singer songwriter, and musician
- January 8 – Richard Tucker, operatic tenor, 61 (heart attack)
- January 11 – Max Lorenz, Wagnerian tenor, 73
- January 16 – Paul Beaver, electronic jazz keyboardist, 49
- January 26 – Toti Dal Monte, operatic soprano, 81
- January 30 – Boris Blacher, composer, 72
- February 3 – Umm Kulthum, singer, songwriter and actress
- February 4 – Louis Jordan, jazz musician, 66
- February 10 – Dave Alexander, bassist (The Stooges), 27 (pulmonary edema)
- February 13 – Eric Thiman, English composer, 74
- February 16–- Norman Treigle, operatic bass-baritone, 47
- February 19 – Luigi Dallapiccola, composer, 71
- February 22 – Lionel Tertis, viola player, 98
- March 3 – Sandy MacPherson, theatre organist, 78
- March 4 – Cornel Chiriac, Romanian record producer, broadcaster and jazz musician, 33 (murdered)
- March 14 – Will Mastin, American vaudevillian, 100
- March 15 – Sandy Brown, jazz musician, 46 (heart attack)
- March 16 – T-Bone Walker, African-American musician, 64
- March 27 – Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen's Musick, 83
- April 12 – Josephine Baker, African-American dancer, 68
- April 14 – Michael Flanders, lyricist, actor, humorist and singer (Flanders and Swann), 53 (intracranial berry aneurysm)
- April 21 – Sir Jack Westrup, musicologist, 70
- April 23 – Pete Ham, singer and songwriter (Badfinger), 27 (suicide)
- May 2 – Conchita Badía, operatic soprano, 77
- May 13 – Bob Wills, American Western swing bandleader, 70
- May 18 – Leroy Anderson, American composer and conductor, 66
- June 4 – Frida Leider, operatic soprano, 87
- June 7 – Robert Schmertz, American folk musician and architect, 77
- June 16 – Don Robey, songwriter and producer, 72
- June 21 – David Tamkin, composer, 68
- June 29 – Tim Buckley, singer-songwriter, 28 (drug overdose)
- July 5 – Gilda Dalla Rizza, operatic soprano, 82
- July 10 – Ernst Fischer, composer, 75
- July 14 – Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer, 77
- July 19 – Lefty Frizzell, Country Music Hall of Fame singer, 47 (stroke)
- August 8 – Julian Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist, 46
- August 9 – Dmitri Shostakovich, composer, 68 (heart attack)
- August 10 – Neva Carr Glyn, operatic contralto, 67
- September – Flora Perini, operatic soprano, 87
- September 5
- September 6 – Shelton Brooks, Canadian-born African American song composer, 89
- September 20 – Vincent Lopez, American bandleader, 79
- October 1 – Al Jackson, Jr., R&B drummer, 39 (shot)
- October 19 – Cátulo Castillo, tango composer, 69
- October 28 – Oliver Nelson, jazz saxophonist, 43
- October 30 – John Scott Trotter, U.S. arranger and conductor
- December 8 – Gary Thain, rock bassist, 27 (heroin overdose)
- December 14 – Mongezi Feza, jazz trumpeter and flautist, 30 (pneumonia)
- December 17
- December 24
- December 25 – Julio Cueva, trumpeter, bandleader and composer, 78
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