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  • Jan 4th Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in SF), dies at 57
  • Jan 8th Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • Jan 21st Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • Feb 6th Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Feb 9th James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24th Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 26th Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • Mar 1st Scott Huston, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 2nd Serge Gainsbourg, composer/actor (Fury of Hercules), dies at 62
  • Mar 3rd Arthur Murray, dance instructor, dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • Mar 13th Jimmy McPartland, US, jazz cornetist, dies
  • Mar 14th Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs at 40
  • Mar 14th Jerome "Doc" Pomus, American blues singer-songwriter (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • Mar 15th Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
  • Mar 22nd Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
  • Mar 25th Eileen Joyce, pianist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25th Lee Donn, pianist, dies of stroke at 96
  • Mar 27th Elinor Remick Warren, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31st John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
  • Apr 8th Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)
  • Apr 9th Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • Apr 20th Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
  • Apr 21st Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • Apr 23rd Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Apr 26th Carmine Coppola, composer/conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • Apr 26th Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • May 3rd Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 8th Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • May 9th Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • May 13th Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
  • May 15th Bud Freeman, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 84
  • May 20th Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65
  • May 22nd Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23rd William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23rd Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • May 24th Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • May 27th Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • Jun 1st David Ruffin, vocalist (The Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • Jun 6th Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • Jun 6th Stan Getz, jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), dies at 64
  • Jun 9th Claudio Arrau, Chilian/US pianist/composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 9th Max van Praag, Dutch singer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16th Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
  • Jun 23rd Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • Jul 3rd Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • Jul 8th Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies
  • Jul 24th Isaac B Singer, Polish/US writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), dies at 87
  • Jul 28th Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled to Netherlands, dies at 45
  • Aug 7th Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
  • Aug 9th Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • Aug 12th Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • Aug 20th Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • Aug 27th Vince Taylor, [Brian Holden], Brit singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • Aug 28th Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • Sep 4th Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Sep 4th Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • Sep 4th Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • Sep 7th Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • Sep 8th Alex North, music composer (Spartacus), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Sep 8th Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • Sep 13th Ferry Barendse, trumpeter/composer/arranger (Ramblers), dies
  • Sep 15th Allan Sobek, dancer, dies
  • Sep 17th Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902)
  • Sep 24th Peter Bellamy, folk singer (b. 1944)
  • Sep 26th Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), dies of cancer at 72

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Sep 28th Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, dies of pneumonia at 65

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  • Sep 29th Zapata Jaw, [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • Oct 9th Roy Black, German singer/actor (Kinderarzt Dr Froehlich), dies
  • Oct 16th Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72
  • Oct 16th Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies
  • Oct 17th Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer, dies of liver disease at 72
  • Oct 25th Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • Oct 27th Andrzei Panufkin, Pol/Brit conductor/composer (Sinfonia Sacra), dies
  • Oct 28th Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 2nd Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • Nov 6th Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist/conductor, dies at 64
  • Nov 8th Frances Faye, singer/actress (Pretty Baby), dies after strokes
  • Nov 8th John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies
  • Nov 10th Tutte Lemkow, dancer/dir (Capt Paradise, I am a Camera), dies at 73
  • Nov 22nd Jac de Jong, Dutch MP/composer/businessman (Nedac-Sorbo), dies
  • Nov 24th Eric Carr, drummer (Kiss-Beth), dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 24th Freddie Mercury, British singer (Queen), dies of AIDS at 45
  • Dec 6th Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • Dec 8th Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • Dec 12th Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • Dec 15th Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • Dec 19th Joe Cole, American rock music roadie (b. 1961)
  • Dec 20th Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 22nd Ernst Krenek, Austrian/US composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • Dec 27th Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43