MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Rhadames J. ''Johnny'' Angelucci, principal oboist for the Minnesota Orchestra for 42 years, died of cancer at the age of 76.

The Philadelphia native, who died Sunday at Riverside Medical Center, retired in 1980.

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960 to 1979, said Monday that Angelucci's solos ''were so perfect and beautiful that I let him play as he wanted.''

Angelucci made his first professional appearance when he was 13, and shortly after that won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute, where he studied oboe with Marcel Tabuteau.

After graduating in 1936, Angelucci embarked on a career of chamber music, teaching at the University of Minnesota and performing numerous solos with the Minneapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra's predecessor.

During his first two years with the orchestra, Angelucci played the English horn, the alto version of the oboe, until music director Dmitri Mitropoulos named him principal oboe.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Minneapolis; three children and six grandsons.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Werness Brothers Funeral Home in Minneapolis with burial in Lakewood Cemetery.