Top 10 Music Artists Who Died in the 1970s

The Top Ten Music Artists Who Died in the 1970s

1 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

RIP king - LightningStrike

2 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.
3 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
4 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
5 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.
6 Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.
7 Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
8 Paul Williams
9 Johnny O'Keefe
10 Minnie Riperton

The Contenders

11 Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

Died at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident. His guitar playing will stand the test of time. - Gg2000

12 Howlin' Wolf

He died from congestive heart failure in 1976. I love his voice; it's raw, gritty, and the quintessential essence of what a blues singer should sound like. - Gg2000

13 Keith Relf Keith Relf was an English musician, well known as the lead singer for the psychedelic band The Yardbirds.

He died from being electrocuted by his guitar, which wasn't properly grounded. He was 33; he still had a life in front of him. - Gg2000

14 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at age 29 in a more.

He died at the age of 29 in a car accident. - Gg2000

15 Freddie King Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He has been described as one of the "Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King.

He died of a heart attack at age 42. Of the "Three Kings" of blues music, he's definitely my favorite. - Gg2000

16 Ronnie Van Zant Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Van Zant was an American lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

He, Steve and Cassie Gaines, and two of the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd's road crew infamously died in a plane crash. - Gg2000

17 Alan Wilson

He died from accidental acute barbiturate intoxication. Many people believe his death was a suicide, but there is no definite proof. Irregardless, he still left us at too young an age. - Gg2000

18 T-Bone Walker

He died from a stroke in 1965. Hugely influential- he was the first proper electric blues guitarist. - Gg2000

19 Keith Moon Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.

I'm surprised he's not on this list already. - Gg2000

20 Terry Kath Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, one of the lead singers and founding members of the rock band Chicago.

He died after putting a gun to his head, believing it was unloaded. He was a tremendous guitarist. - Gg2000

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