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List Of Deaths In Rock And Roll (1960s)

deaths in rock and roll (1960s)

The 1960s were dominated by headlines about the Vietnam War, civil rights protests, and the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King. In the midst of all this madness, mankind took a giant leap and set foot on the moon.

Above all the major news events, the 60s has perhaps become most well remembered for the early beginnings of the counterculture movement. Summarised perfectly by Timothy Leary as he preached to 30,000 ‘hippies’ in Golden Gate Park in 1967: “Turn Up, Tune In, Drop Out.

The relaxing of social norms around drugs, sexuality, and fashion led to massive cultural change, and with it, taste in popular music. The British Invasion began with the Beatles, Motown was steaming ahead with Marvin Gaye, psychedelic rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane were doing all sorts of experiments, and Bob Dylan was introducing the world to his style of folk music.

Unfortunately, though – the 60s saw the passing of several notable musicians including Nat King Cole, Otis Redding, Woodie Guthrie, and John Coltrane.

In the list below we have compiled a comprehensive database of deaths in Rock & Roll during the 1960s. It contains performers, producers, songwriters, and other people who played an important role in music.

Scroll through this iconic ‘coming and going’ of some of history’s finest musicians!

List Of Deaths In Rock And Roll (1960s)

NameFamous ForDateAgeLocationCause
Jesse BelvinFebruary 6, 196027Hope, Arkansas, U.S.Car accident
Gene AlfordThe Four KnightsApril 2, 196037Unknown
Forest City JoeApril 3, 196033Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas, U.S.Car crash
Beverly KenneyApril 13, 196028Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, U.S.Suicide by alcohol and secobarbital overdose
Eddie CochranApril 17, 196021Chippenham, Wiltshire, EnglandCar crash
Smokey HoggMay 1, 196046McKinney, Texas, U.S.Unknown cancer
Eli ObersteinProducer & ExecutiveJune 12, 196058Westport, Connecticut, U.S.Lymphatic cancer
Johnny HortonNovember 5, 196035Milano, Texas, U.S.Car crash
A. P. Carter
Carter Family
November 7, 196068Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.Unknown
Kelsey PharrThe Delta Rhythm BoysApril 20, 196144Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.Unknown cancer/ Severe illness
Sticks McGheeAugust 15, 196143The Bronx, New York, U.S.Lung cancer
Stuart Sutcliffe
The Beatles
April 10, 196221Hamburg, West GermanyCerebral paralysis due to aneurysm;
Marilyn MonroeAugust 4, 196236Los Angeles, California, U.S.Complications of a barbiturate overdose (Suspicious)
Patsy ClineMarch 5, 196330Camden, Tennessee, U.S.1963 Camden PA-24 crash
Cowboy CopasMarch 5, 196349Camden, Tennessee, U.S.1963 Camden PA-24 crash
Hawkshaw HawkinsMarch 5, 196341Camden, Tennessee, U.S.1963 Camden PA-24 crash
Elmore JamesMay 24, 196345Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Heart attack
Daddy StovepipeNovember 1, 196396Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Bronchial pneumonia after a gallbladder operation
Dinah WashingtonDecember 14, 196339Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Complications of a drug overdose
Cyril DaviesJanuary 7, 196431Eel Pie Island, London, EnglandEndocarditis and leukaemia
Rudy Lewis
The Drifters
May 20, 196427New York City, New York, U.S.Died in his sleep/Asphyxiation
Meade Lux LewisJune 7, 196458Minneapolla, Minnesota, U.S.Car crash
Eric DolphyJune 29, 196436Berlin, GermanyComplications from diabetes
Jim ReevesJuly 31, 196440Davidson County, Tennessee, U.S.Plane crash
Johnny BurnetteThe Rock and Roll TrioAugust 14, 196430Clear Lake, California, U.S.Drowned following a serious boating accident
Tiny TopsyAugust 16, 196434Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Brain hemorrhage
Gracie AllenAugust 27, 196469Los Angeles, California, U.S.Heart attack
Joe HendersonOctober 24, 196427Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.Heart attack
Buster PickensNovember 24, 196448Houston, Texas, U.S.Gunshot wound
Sam CookeThe Soul StirrersDecember 11, 196433Los Angeles, California, U.S.Shot by Bertha Franklin
Alan FreedJanuary 20, 196543Palm Springs, California, U.S.Uremia and cirrhosis of the liver
Nat King ColeFebruary 15, 196545Santa Monica, California, U.S.Lung cancer
Sonny Boy Williamson IIMay 25, 196552Helena, Arkansas, U.S.Heart attack
Bill BlackOctober 21, 196539Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.Brain tumor
Mike MillwardRhythm guitarist for The FourmostMarch 7, 196624Leukemia/Blood cancer
Jazz GillumMarch 29, 196661Chicago. Illinois, U.S.Gunshot wound
Richard FariñaApril 30, 196629Carmel Valley, California, U.S.Motorcycle accident
Bobby FullerThe Bobby Fuller FourJuly 18, 196623Los Angeles, California, U.S.(Suspicious)
Peg Leg HowellAugust 11, 196678Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.Complications from diabetes
Dave LambertLambert, Hendricks & RossOctober 3, 196649Connecticut Turnpike, Connecticut, U.S.Car crash
Johnny KiddOctober 7, 196630Bury, Lancashire, EnglandCar crash
Smiley LewisOctober 7, 196653New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Stomach cancer
Mississippi John HurtNovember 2, 196674Grenada, Mississippi, U.S.Heart attack
Moon MullicanJanuary 1, 196757Beaumont, Texas, U.S.Heart attack
Joe MeekFebruary 3, 196737London, EnglandSuicide by gunshot
Fats PichonFebruary 25, 196760Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Unknown
LaVerne AndrewsThe Andrew SistersMay 8, 196755Los Angeles, California, U.S.Unknown cancer
Elmo HopeMay 19, 196743New York City, New York, U.S.Heart failure
John ColtraneJuly 17, 196740Huntington, New York, U.S.Liver cancer and hepatitis B
Brian EpsteinAugust 27, 196732London, EnglandAccidental drug overdose
Rex StewartSeptember 7, 196760Los Angeles, California, U.S.Brain hemorrhage
Woody GuthrieOctober 3, 196755New York City, New York, U.S.Huntington's Disease
Peter BocageDecember 3, 196780New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Unknown
Bert LahrCowardly Lion from The Wizard of OzDecember 4, 196772New York City, New York, U.S.Pneumonia/Unknown cancer
Otis ReddingDecember 10, 196726Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.Plane crash
Ronnie CaldwellThe Bar-KeysDecember 10, 196718Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.Plane crash
Phalon JonesThe Bar-KeysDecember 10, 196718-19Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.Plane crash
Jimmy KingThe Bar-KeysDecember 10, 196718Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.Plane crash
Carl CunninghamThe Bar-KeysDecember 10, 196718-19Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.Plane crash
Robin RobertsThe WailersDecember 22, 196727San Mateo County, California, U.S.Car crash
Bert BernsDecember 30, 196738New York City, New York, U.S.Heart failure
Little WalterFebruary 15, 196837Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Coronary thrombosis due to injuries sustained when he was beaten
Frankie LymonFrankie Lymon and the TeenagersFebruary 27, 196825New York City, New York, U.S.Complications of a heroin overdose
Syd NathanMarch 5, 196863Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.Pneumonia
Bumps MyersApril 9, 196855Los Angeles California, U.S.Several health conditions
Lester MelroseRecord producerApril 12, 196876Lake, Florida, U.S.Unknown
Manuel FernándezLos BravosMay 20, 196823Seville, SpainSuicide by hanging (Debatable)
Little Willie JohnMay 26, 196830Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.Heart attack
Bumble Bee SlimJune 8, 196863Los Angeles, California, U.S.Unknown
Wes MontgomeryJune 15, 196845Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.Heart attack
Luther PerkinsAugust 5, 196840Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.Smoke inhalation
Joe HintonAugust 13, 196838Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.Melanoma/Skin cancer
Malcolm HaleSpanky and Our GangOctober 31, 196827Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Either Bronchial Pneumonia or accidental carbon monoxide poisoning
Red FoleySeptember 19, 196858Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.Died in his sleep/Respiratory failure
Kokomo ArnoldNovember 8, 196867-72Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Heart attack
Dickie PrideMarch 26, 196927London, EnglandComplications from a barbiturate overdose
Benny BenjaminThe Funk BrothersApril 20, 196943New York City, New York, U.S.Stroke/No brain activity
Don DrummondMay 6, 196937Kingston, JamaicaSuicide
Martin LambleFairport ConventionMay 12, 196919Scratchwood Services, M1 Motorway, EnglandCar crash
Judy GarlandDorothy Gale from The Wizard of OzJune 22, 196947London, EnglandComplications of a Barbiturate Overdose
Shorty LongJune 29, 196929Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Drowned
Brian JonesThe Rolling StonesJuly 3, 196927Hartfield, East Sussex, EnglandDrowned due to liver disfunction and ingestion
Wynonie HarrisJuly 4, 196953Los Angeles, California, U.S.Esophageal cancer
Roy HamiltonJuly 20, 196940New Rochelle, New York, U.S.Stroke/Massive brain hemorrhage
AlexandraJuly 31, 196927Tellingstedt, GermanyRoad accident
Skip JamesOctober 3, 196967Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.Unknown cancer
Leonard ChessRecord producer, record company executive and co-founder of Chess RecordsOctober 16, 196952Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Cardiac arrest
Tommy EdwardsOctober 22, 196947Richmond, Virginia, U.S.Bleeding ulcer linked to cirrhosis of the liver
Pops FosterOctober 29, 196977San Francisco, California, U.S.Unknown
Ivory "Deek" WatsonThe 4 Tunes, The Brown Dots, The Ink SpotsNovember 4, 196960Washington, D.C., U.S.Unknown
Magic SamDecember 1, 196932Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Heart attack
James "Stump" JohnsonDecember 5, 196967St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.Esophageal cancer