Deaths in Music in 1991

  • Jan 4 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in SF), dies at 57
  • Jan 8 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • Jan 21 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • Feb 6 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Feb 9 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • Feb 10 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, dies of cancer at 62
  • Feb 24 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye Bye Love), dies of cancer at 64
  • Feb 26 Slim Gaillard [Bulee], American Jazz singer/songwriter, dies at 75
  • Mar 1 Scott Huston, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 2 Serge Gainsbourg, composer/actor (Fury of Hercules), dies at 62
  • Mar 3 Arthur Murray, dance instructor, dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • Mar 13 Jimmy McPartland, US, jazz cornetist, dies
  • Mar 14 Howard Ashman, song writer (Under the Sea), dies of AIDs at 40
  • Mar 14 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, American blues singer-songwriter (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
  • Mar 22 Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 25 Eileen Joyce, pianist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Lee Donn, pianist, dies of stroke at 96
  • Mar 27 Elinor Remick Warren, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 31 John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
  • Apr 8 Dead (musician), Swedish metal singer (b. 1969)
  • Apr 9 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • Apr 20 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a fire at 44
  • Apr 21 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Apr 26 Carmine Coppola, composer/conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (b. 1904)
  • Apr 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 8 Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • May 13 Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
  • May 15 Bud Freeman, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 84
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65
  • May 22 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • May 24 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • Jun 1 David Ruffin, vocalist (The Temptations), dies of drug overdose at 50
  • Jun 6 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • Jun 6 Stan Getz, jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), dies at 64
  • Jun 9 Claudio Arrau, Chilian/US pianist/composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Max van Praag, Dutch singer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
  • Jun 23 Bill Buysman, Dutch guitarist/singer (Kilima Hawaiians), dies
  • Jul 3 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77
  • Jul 8 Lotte Palfi Andor, actress (Lovesick, All the Jazz), dies
  • Jul 19 Gino Negri, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Isaac B Singer, Polish/US writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled to Netherlands, dies at 45
  • Aug 7 Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
  • Aug 9 Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • Aug 12 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • Aug 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • Aug 20 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Vince Taylor, [Brian Holden], British singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • Aug 28 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • Sep 4 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Sep 4 Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • Sep 4 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • Sep 7 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • Sep 8 Alex North, music composer (Spartacus), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Sep 8 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • Sep 13 Ferry Barendse, trumpeter/composer/arranger (Ramblers), dies
  • Sep 15 Allan Sobek, dancer, dies
  • Sep 17 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (b. 1902)
  • Sep 17 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock musician (MC5), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Sep 24 Peter Bellamy, folk singer (b. 1944)
  • Sep 26 Billy Vaughn, American singer and bandleader (Sail Along Sil'vry Moon), dies of cancer at 72

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

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  • Sep 29 Zapata Jaw, [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • Oct 9 Roy Black, German singer/actor (Kinderarzt Dr Froehlich), dies
  • Oct 16 Tonny Huurdeman, singer/actress (Frills), dies
  • Oct 17 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country singer (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • Oct 25 Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • Oct 27 Andrzei Panufkin, Pol/British conductor/composer (Sinfonia Sacra), dies
  • Oct 28 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 2 Fran Stevens, singer, dies of cancer in Bronx NY at 72
  • Nov 2 Mort Shuman, American singer songwriter (Viva Las Vegas), dies of cancer at 54
  • Nov 6 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist/conductor, dies at 64
  • Nov 8 Frances Faye, singer/actress (Pretty Baby), dies after strokes
  • Nov 8 John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies
  • Nov 10 Tutte Lemkow, dancer/dir (Capt Paradise, I am a Camera), dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Jac de Jong, Dutch MP/composer/businessman (Nedac-Sorbo), dies
  • Nov 24 Eric Carr [Paul Charles Caravello], American drummer (Kiss), dies of cancer at 41
  • Nov 24 Freddie Mercury, British singer (Queen), dies of AIDS at 45
  • Dec 6 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • Dec 8 Buck Clayton, US jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies
  • Dec 12 Lex Karsemeijer, Dutch tenor/choral dir (Sweet 16, Pro Musica), dies
  • Dec 15 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • Dec 19 Joe Cole, American rock music roadie (b. 1961)
  • Dec 20 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • Dec 22 Ernst Krenek, Austrian/US composer (Orpheus & Eurydike), dies at 91
  • Dec 27 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43