Deaths timeline

  • Rudy Lewis Dies

    Rudy Lewis is the odd-man-out in the history of the Drifters. He occupied the lead singer spot from late 1960 until 1964, occasionally sharing that... Read more

  • Winston Churchill Dies

    The final decade of Churchill's life has been described as a "long sunset." He continued to be feted and honored, and he enjoyed a final visit to... Read more

  • Dorothea Lange Dies

    On October 11, 1965, photographer Dorothea Lange died in San Francisco at the age of seventy. Lange is best known for her Depression-era work for... Read more

  • Malcolm Hale Dies

    Spanky and Our Gang was an American 1960s folk-rock band led by Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane. The band derives its name from Hal Roach's popular Our... Read more

  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson Dies

    Alan "Blind Owl" Christie Wilson (July 4, 1943 – September 3, 1970) was the leader, singer, and primary composer in the American blues band Canned... Read more

  • Jimi Hendrix Dies

    Early on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died in London under circumstances which have never been fully explained. He had spent the later part of... Read more

  • Janis Joplin Dies

    Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to... Read more

  • Arlester "Dyke" Christian Dies

    Dyke & the Blazers is a former American funk band. The Buffalo band Dyke & the Blazers picked up on the rhythms, bass and organ innovations of... Read more

  • Jim Morrison Dies

    James Douglas "Jim" Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, poet, writer and filmmaker. He was best known as... Read more

  • Linda Jones Dies

    Linda Jones (14 December 1944, Newark, New Jersey - 14 March 1972, Harlem) was an American soul singer. She started in her family's gospel group... Read more

  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Dies

    Ronald C. "Pigpen" McKernan (September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973) was a founding member of the band the Grateful Dead. His musical contributions to... Read more

  • Roger Lee Durham Dies

    Bloodstone is a former R&B, soul, and funk group, most popular in the 1970s and early-1980s. The band charted 13 songs between 1973 and... Read more

  • Death of Pablo Neruda

    Establishing a permanent home on the Isla Negra, Neruda continued to travel extensively, visiting Cuba in 1960 and the United States in 1966. After... Read more

  • Wallace Yohn Dies

    Chase's work on a fourth studio album in mid-1974 came to an end on August 9, 1974. While en route to a scheduled performance at the Jackson County... Read more

  • Charles Lindbergh Dies

    .After being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1974, he flew with his family from New York to Maui and he died at his home there a few days later... Read more

  • Dave Alexander Dies

    David Michael Alexander (June 3, 1947 – February 10, 1975) was an American musician, best known as the original bassist for influential protopunk... Read more

  • Peter Ham Dies

    Peter William Ham (27 April 1947 – 24 April 1975) was a Welsh singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the leader of the group Badfinger. Read more

  • Gary Thain Dies

    Gary Mervin Thain (15 May 1948 – 8 December 1975) was a rock bassist, best known for his work with British band, Uriah Heep. Born in... Read more

  • Agatha Christie dies

    In late 1926 Agatha's husband Archie revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 3 December 1926 the... Read more

  • Tommy Bolin dies of a drug overdose

    Bolin's tour for Private Eyes was his last. In his last concert dates, he opened for Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck. However, his final show, in... Read more

  • Helmut Köllen Dies

    Helmut Köllen (born March 2, 1950; died May 3, 1977 at the age of 27) was a German musician. He was the bassist and vocalist for progressive rock... Read more

  • Elvis Presley Dies

    In 2006, a journalist recalled: "Elvis Presley had [in 1977] become a grotesque caricature of his sleek, energetic former self... he was barely... Read more

  • Debbie Weems Dies

    Deborah "Debbie" Weems (February 3, 1951 - February 22, 1978) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for her recurring roles on... Read more

  • Chris Bell Dies

    Chris Bell (January 12, 1951 – December 27, 1978) was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Memphis, Tennessee. Along with Alex Chilton, he... Read more

  • Jacob Miller Dies

    Jacob Miller (May 4, 1952 – March 23, 1980) was a Jamaican reggae artist who first recorded with Clement Dodd. While pursuing a prolific solo... Read more