Deaths in Music in 1987

  • Jan 7 Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton, American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra) and actress, dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 15 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78

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Feb 4 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • Feb 15 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 21 Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • Mar 27 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82

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Apr 2 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • Apr 3 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer, dies at 97
  • Apr 14 Karl Holler, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • Apr 20 Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • Apr 26 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94
  • Jun 2 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • Jun 8 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33

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Jun 22 Fred Astaire, actor/dancer (Royal Wedding, Let's Dance), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, composer, dies at 94
  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer/composer (Our Don Bradman), dies
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, US composer (I've a Right to Cry), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielsky, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, US composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62
  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, US composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh, reggae singer shot dead in Jamacia at 42
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • Sep 22 Louis Philip Kentner, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 23 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 O B McClinton, US country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • Nov 6 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • Nov 22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • Nov 26 Emmanuel Bondeville, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 5 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • Dec 10 Jascha Heifetz, Russia, violinist, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Louis de Meester, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 22 Leonidas Zoras, composer, dies at 82