On This Day

Year 1987 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 3 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jan 3 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 48 performances

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 3 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • Jan 20 Rhino Records 1st #1, Billy Vera & Beaters' "At This Moment"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

  • Feb 7 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron & DC Crew peaks at #93

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 7 Madonna's "Open Your Heart" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler is disqualified from Andy Williams Open for kneeling on a towel to make a shot

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Feb 19 "Stardust" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 102 performances
  • Feb 24 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
  • Feb 26 1st release of Beatles compact discs
  • Mar 12 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial NYC for 4000+ performances
  • Mar 15 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances

  • Mar 15 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 24 1st Soul Train Music Awards: Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross win

  • Apr 2 "Mikado" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 46 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 "Always & Forever" 2nd studio album by Randy Travis (Billboard Album of the Year 1988)

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 6 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Apr 15 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" opens at Ambassador NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 26 "Barbara Cook: A Concert" closes at Ambassador NYC after 13 performances
  • May 3 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • May 9 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels
  • May 16 "Mystery of Edwin Drood" closes at Imperial NYC after 608 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Weird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 17 "Stardust" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 102 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Michael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 7 41st Tony Awards: Fences & Les Miserables win
  • Jun 8 21st Music City News Country Awards: Randy Travis wins
  • Jun 28 "Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances
  • Jul 1 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format
  • Jul 11 Heart's "Alone" single goes #1 for 3 weeks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against Ford Motor Co, who used a sound alike voice for their TV commercials

Actress and Singer Bette Midler
Actress and Singer
Bette Midler

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 13 Kylie Minogue releases her debut single "Locomotion"

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Singer-Songwriter
Boy George
  • Jul 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, Tokyo

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 21 Guns & Roses debut album "Appetite for Destruction" is released, and becomes the best-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose

AgreementAgreement of Interest

Jul 29 Ben & Jerry's and Jerry Garcia agree on a new flavor Cherry Garcia

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • Aug 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv
  • Aug 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 16 Bon Jovi release their 3rd album "Slippery When Wet" (Billboard's top selling album of 1987)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 11 4th MTV Video Music Awards: Peter Gabriel wins

Rock Vocalist Peter Gabriel
Rock Vocalist
Peter Gabriel
  • Sep 14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest
  • Sep 20 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances
  • Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1
  • Oct 1 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 6 "Faith" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 10 Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album "Tunnel of Love"

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Oct 12 21st Country Music Association Award: Hank William Jr wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You"; it would become his third solo number 1 hit, and the last by any of the Beatles

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

  • Oct 15 "Late Nite Comic" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Oct 17 "Late Nite Comic" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Oct 19 "Anything Goes" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 804 performances
  • Oct 22 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "Cabaret" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 262 performances

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 27 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London

Playwright Peter Shaffer
Playwright
Peter Shaffer
  • Oct 29 "Don't Get God Started" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 86 performances
  • Oct 30 "Faith" debut album by George Michael is released
  • Nov 2 George Harrison releases "Cloud 9" & McCartney releases "All the Best"
  • Nov 5 "Into the Woods" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 764 performances
  • Nov 5 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine's musical "Into the Stars," premieres
  • Nov 11 "Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Nov 12 "Teddy & Alice" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 77 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • Nov 14 "La Cage aux Folles" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Once Upon a Long Ago"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 17 The Madonna compilation album "You Can Dance" is released
  • Nov 24 "Make It Last Forever" debut album by Keith Sweat is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • Nov 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Royal, Sydney
  • Nov 29 "Dreamgirls" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 177 performances
  • Dec 15 First National US Tour of "Les Miserables" opens at Shubert Theatre, Boston
  • Dec 19 Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 26 "Les Miserables" opens at National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 2 Syesha Mercado, American pop and soul singer, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Person of interestCynthia Erivo

Jan 8 Cynthia Erivo, British actress (Harriet Tubman) and singer-songwriter, born in London, England

Actress Cynthia Erivo
Actress
Cynthia Erivo
  • Jan 9 Paolo Nutini, Scottish rock singer & songwriter (Sunny Side Up), born in Paisley, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Aria C Jalali, American rock musician, born in California
  • Jan 23 Felicia Brandström, Swedish singer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jan 27 Katy Rose, American pop singer
  • Jan 31 Tyler Hubbard, American country musician (Florida Georgia Line), born in Monroe, Georgia
  • Jan 31 Marcus Mumford, British singer-songwriter (Mumford and Sons), born in Orange County, California
  • Feb 5 Darren Criss, American actor & singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 10 Choi Si Won, Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Julia Savicheva, Russian singer, born in Kurgan, Russia
  • Feb 24 Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress
  • Feb 25 Eva Avila, Canadian singer
  • Feb 26 Juliet Simms, American singer & songwriter (Automatic Loveletter), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 1 Sammie Bush, American R&B singer ("I Like It"), born in Boyton Beach, Florida

Person of interestKesha

Mar 1 Kesha [Rose Sebert], American pop singer (Tik Tok), born in Los Angeles, California

Singer-Songwriter Kesha
Singer-Songwriter
Kesha
  • Mar 9 Lil' Bow Wow [Shad Gregory Moss], American rapper and actor (Beware of Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Mar 10 Emeli Sandé, British singer-songwriter ("Next To Me"), born in Sunderland, England
  • Mar 11 Tomethy Furse, British bassist (The Horrors)
  • Mar 15 Tatiana Shmailyuk, Ukrainian heavy metal vocalist (Jinjer -"Pisces"), born in Donetsk, Ukraine
  • Mar 26 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician ("Good-bye Days"; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun), born in Koga, Japan
  • Apr 3 Julie Sokolow, American film director and musician, born in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • Apr 3 Rachel Bloom, American actress, writer, and singer-songwriter (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), born in Los Angeles county, California
  • Apr 9 Jesse McCartney, American actor and singer, born in Ardsley, New York
  • Apr 10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano and UNICEF ambassador, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Person of interestJoss Stone

Apr 11 Joss Stone [Joscelyn Stoker], English singer-songwriter (The Soul Sessions), born in Dover, Kent

Singer Joss Stone
Singer
Joss Stone
  • Apr 12 Brendon Urie, American musician (Panic! at the Disco), born in St. George, Utah
  • Apr 15 Iyaz [Keidran Jones], British singer, songwriter, and dancer ("Replay"), born in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • Apr 16 Neil Haskell, American contemporary dancer (SYTYCD season 3 finalist), born in Clarence Center, New York
  • Apr 18 Sandra Lyng Haugen, Norwegian singer (Play My Drum), born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • May 2 Nana Kitade, Japanese singer and songwriter, born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • May 3 Michael Kiwanuka, English singer-songwriter (Love & Hate), born in London, England
  • May 4 Anjeza Shahini, Albanian singer ("The Image of You"), born in Tirana, Albania
  • May 5 Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer (Rijeka bez imena), born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
  • May 6 Meek Mill [Rihmeek Williams], American rapper, singer, and songwriter ("Amen";" All Eyes On You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 15 Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • May 18 Luisana Lopilato, Argentine actress and model and singer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 24 Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish pop singer, born in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland
  • Jun 1 Mike Protich, American rock musician (Red Sun Rising), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jun 2 Darin [Zanyar], Swedish pop singer (Lovekiller, Tvillingen), born in Stockholm
  • Jun 3 Lalaine [Vergara-Paras], American stage and screen actress and singer (Les Misérables; Lizzie McGuire), born in Burbank, California
  • Jun 6 Kyle Falconer, Scottish musician
  • Jun 11 TiA, Japanese pop singer (Ryuusei), born in Yokohama, Japan

Person of interestDiana DeGarmo

Jun 16 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • Jun 16 Ali Stroker, American actress and singer, first actress to appear in a wheelchair on Broadway and win a Tony award, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey

Person of interestKendrick Lamar

Jun 17 Kendrick Lamar, American hip hop singer-songwriter (Damn), born in Compton, California

Singer-songwriter and Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter and Rapper
Kendrick Lamar
  • Jun 21 Kim Ryeowook, Korean pop singer (Super Junior), born in Incheon, South Korea
  • Jun 21 Khatia Buniatishvili, French-Georgian concert pianist, born in Batumi, Georgia
  • Jul 6 Kate Nash, English singer songwriter and actress, born in London, England
  • Jul 11 Shigeaki Kato, Japanese idol singer (NEWS)
  • Jul 14 Dan Reynolds, American singer and songwriter (Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 20 Brent Wilson, American rock (Panic! At The Disco), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 20 Nicola Benedetti, Scottish classical violinist, born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire
  • Jul 29 Sabra Johnson, American dancer (Sso You Think You Can Dance), born in The Netherlands
  • Aug 9 Noonie Bao [Jonnali Mikaela Parmenius], Swedish pop songwriter and singer, born in Stockholm
  • Aug 19 Anaïs Lameche, Swedish pop singer (Play), born in the French Alps
  • Aug 21 Kim Kibum, South Korean actor and singer (Super Junior), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Aug 23 Nikki Gil, Filipina actress, host and singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Aug 25 Liu Yifei, Chinese actress and singer, born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 25 Luka Šulić, Slovenian-Croatian cellist (2Cellos), born in Maribor, Slovenia
  • Sep 1 Daniel "Dann" Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • Sep 2 Spencer Smith, American rock drummer (Panic! at the Disco), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 6 Ramiele Malubay, Filipino-American singer, born in Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 16 Travis Wall, American dancer and choreographer, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Sep 18 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 19 Muhammad Iqbal Siddiq, Indonesian concert pianist and teacher, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sep 20 Jack Lawless, American drummer (Jonas Brothers), born in Middletown Township, New Jersey
  • Sep 26 Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play), born in Stockholm, Sweden

Person of interestHilary Duff

Sep 28 Hilary Duff, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire), born in Houston, Texas

Actress and Singer Hilary Duff
Actress and Singer
Hilary Duff
  • Sep 30 Denise Laurel, Filipina actress and singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Sep 30 Aida Garifullina, Russian soprano (Operalia 2013), born in Kazan, Russia
  • Oct 1 Hiroki Aiba, Japanese actor and singer (The Prince Of Tennis), born in Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
  • Oct 1 Michaela Coel, English actress, filmmaker and singer (Chewing Gum), born in London, England
  • Oct 8 Aya Hirano, Japanese voice actress and singer, born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Oct 18 Zac Efron, American actor (High School Musical, 17 Again), born in San Luis Obispo, California,
  • Oct 23 Faye [Hamlin], Swedish pop singer (Play), born in Stockholm
  • Oct 28 Frank Ocean [Christopher Breaux], American singer-songwriter (Thinkin' 'Bout You), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
  • Nov 4 T.O.P. [Choi Seung-hyun], Korean singer-songwriter (Big Bang) and actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 5 Kevin Jonas, American guitarist (member of the Jonas Brothers), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Nov 24 Megan Mullins, American singer
  • Nov 24 Sabi, American pop singer-songwriter (You Make Me Feel...), born in Inglewood, California
  • Nov 30 Dougie Poynter, British singer and bassist (McFly)
  • Dec 2 Teairra Marí, American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 7 Aaron Carter, American singer, rapper and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 11 Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer, born in Chișinău, Moldova
  • Dec 18 Ayaka, Japanese singer
  • Dec 26 Adam Walker, British flautist, born in Redingham, Nottinghamshire
  • Dec 26 Carolina Eyck, German-Sorbian Theremin player and composer (Elegies for Theremin & Voice), born in Berlin, Germany

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams (23) marries Ramon T. Hervey in NYC; divorce 1997

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass
  • May 16 American singer David Crosby (45) weds Jan Dance (35) at Hollywood Church of Religious Science in Los Angeles, California

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart

Musician Dave Stewart
Musician
Dave Stewart

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 7 "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 11 British rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 16 Actress Lisa Bonet marries singer Lenny Kravitz

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 6 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 14 Alton Purnell, American Dixieland jazz pianist, and singer, dies at 75
  • Jan 15 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 18 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), dies at 90
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78

Person of interestLiberace

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

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • Feb 10 Raymond “Coco” Colignon, Belgian jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, Brazilian 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 16 Dmitri Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 18 Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanović, Croatian composer (Triptych - Funeral Folk Rite), dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Adrian Cruft, British composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 25 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • Mar 4 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 83
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 13 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 21 Dean Paul Martin, Jr, American singer (Dino, Desi & Billy), and actor (Misfits of Science), dies in a military aircraft crash at 35
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (Hamburg Orchestra), dies at 84
  • Mar 27 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer who inspired the "Sound of Music" (Trapp Family Singers), dies of heart failure at 82

Person of interestBuddy Rich

Apr 2 Buddy Rich, American big band drummer, and 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 (Die heilige Ente (The Sacred Duck)), dies at 97
  • Apr 7 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer ("Going Places"), dies following a seizure at 75
  • Apr 14 Karl Höller, German composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17 Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer (The Upsetters; Bob Marley & Wailers), murdered at 36
  • Apr 19 Hugh Brannum, American actor and singer (Captain Kangaroo - "Mr. Green Jeans"; The Fred Waring Show - "Lumpy"), dies of cancer at 77
  • Apr 20 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (American Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • Apr 28 Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), dies at 84
  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, American blues singer and harmonica player (Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Better Days), dies of drug abuse at 44
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 13 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, dies at 70
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, and opera director dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 29 Phyllis Tate, English composer, dies at 76
  • May 30 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist and composer, 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, American R&B and funk drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33

Person of interestFred Astaire

Jun 22 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), dies of pneumonia at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 24 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only), , dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, Spanish 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 and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 17 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • Jul 24 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
  • Aug 4 Kenny Price, American country singer (Walking on New Grass, Happy Tracks), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielsky, Polish composer and music critic, dies at 79 [1]
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer and music critic, dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, American 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, German composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston, Rothko Chapel), dies at 61
  • Sep 9 Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; Mystic Man, Legalize It), shot dead at his home in Jamaica at 42
  • Sep 11 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • Sep 22 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 23 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Sep 23 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • Sep 30 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 77
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • Nov 6 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer, dies of accidental death at 32
  • 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 23 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), dies at 98
  • Nov 26 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 5 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • Dec 10 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 12 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • Dec 22 Leonidas Zoras, Greek conductor and composer, dies at 82