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Year 1989 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 2 "Superwoman" single released by Karyn White (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Jan 8 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances
  • Jan 8 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater in NYC after 761 performances
  • Jan 14 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 297 performances
  • Jan 15 "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 176 performances
  • Jan 26 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 16th American Music Awards: Randy Travis and George Michael win

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 18 "A Better Man" single released by Clint Black (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • Feb 19 "Legs Diamond" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 64 performances
  • Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman
  • Feb 22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • Feb 26 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 634 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Mar 8 "Heidi Chronicles" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 621 performances
  • Mar 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
  • Mar 17 "Chu Chem" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 44 performances

  • Mar 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 10 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • Apr 12 3rd Soul Train Music Awards: Anita Baker, Bobby Brown win
  • Apr 13 "Welcome to the Club" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Apr 22 "Welcome to the Club" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Apr 27 "Starmites" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • May 2 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)
  • May 6 34th Eurovision Song Contest: Riva for Yugoslavia wins singing "Rock Me" in Lausanne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • May 9 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • May 15 "Chu Chem" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 44 performances

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records three tracks for his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Music awardsMusic City News Awards

Jun 5 23rd Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Randy Travis win

Country Music Singer Randy Travis
Country Music Singer
Randy Travis
  • Jun 5 Paul McCartney releases "Flowers in the Dirt", his eighth solo studio album, featuring the Elvis Costello collaboration "My Brave Face"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jun 14 Singer-songwriter Carol King gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 16 "Ghostbusters II" directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd premieres

Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • Jun 18 "Starmites" closes at Criter Ctr SR Theater NYC after 60 performances

  • Jun 30 "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny, Gdynia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 5 Rod Stewart hits his head while on stage and knocks himself out

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Jul 14 Jessye Norman sings French national anthem, La Marseillaise at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, to celebrate 200th anniversary of the French Revolution
  • Jul 17 Paul McCartney releases "This One"

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 28 Gloria Estefan releases her debut solo album "Cuts Both Ways"

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Aug 6 "Oh! Calcutta!" revival closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

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A brief cover-up by the cast of "Oh! Calcutta!"
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  • Sep 1 "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 804 performances
  • Sep 3 "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances
  • Sep 6 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • Sep 13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 19 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Glenn Frey joins Don Henley on-stage (for 1st time since 1981)

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • Oct 9 23rd Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Kathy Mattea wins
  • Oct 12 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • Oct 19 Astor Piazzolla and William Finn's musical "Dangerous Games" premieres at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Oct 21 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater NYC after 4 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 23 George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976-89" album

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Nov 1 "Les Miserables" opens at Curran Theatre, San Francisco
  • Nov 2 Musical "Meet Me In St Louis", based on the 1944 film, opens at Gershwin Theater, NYC; runs for 253 performances
  • Nov 5 "Threepenny Opera" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
  • Nov 11 "Prince of Central Park" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Nov 12 George Forrest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1018 performances (5 Tony wins)
  • Nov 13 Paul McCartney releases "Figure of 8" & "Ou Est Le Soleil"
  • Nov 15 "Few Good Men" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 497 performances
  • Nov 16 "Gypsy" opens at St James Theater NYC for 477 performances
  • Nov 27 George Harrison releases "Cheer Down" & "Poor Little Girl"

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 28 Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album "All Hail the Queen" featuring single "Ladies First"

Singer, Rapper and Actress Queen Latifah
Singer, Rapper and Actress
Queen Latifah
  • Dec 7 C Coleman & D Zippel's musical "City of Angels" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 9 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Theatre, Melbourne
  • Dec 11 "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • Dec 31 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • Dec 31 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 4 Waxahatchee [Katie Crutchfield], American folk-rock singer-songwriter born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jan 13 Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian pop singer (Vanilla Ninja), born in Viljandi, Estonia
  • Jan 25 Sheryfa Luna, French R&B singer, born in Évreux, France
  • Jan 30 Khleo Thomas, American actor & rapper, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Feb 1 Hurricane Chris [Dooley], American rapper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Gia Farrell [Jeannie Bocchicchio], American pop singer-songwriter ("Hit Me Up"), born in Suffern, New York
  • Feb 21 Corbin Bleu [Reivers], American actor & singer (High School Musical - "Chad"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 27 Kelly Breeding, American singer (B5), born in Liberal, Kansas
  • Feb 28 Zhang Liyin, Chinese K-pop and R&B singer, born in Chengdu, China
  • Mar 1 Sonya Kitchell, American singer
  • Mar 14 Colby O'Donis [Colón] American singer (Lady Gaga -"Just Dance"), songwriter, and record producer, born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 21 Rochelle Humes, British pop singer (The Saturdays - "What About Us" ), born in Barking, England
  • Mar 25 Alyson Michalka, American actress/singer
  • Mar 28 Afrikan Boy [Olushola Ajose], British rapper (Wot It Do?), born in Nigeria
  • Apr 8 Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer, born in Shiogama, Japan
  • Apr 8 Matthew Healy, British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer (The 1975 - "I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It"), born in London, England
  • Apr 10 Per Olav Kobberstad, Norwegian Latin and acoustic jazz 8-string guitarist and composer, born in Norway
  • Apr 17 Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, American pop bass vocalist (Pentonix, 2011-2017; Avriel & the Sequoias), born in Visalia, California
  • Apr 19 Fiona MacGillivray, Canadian Celtic vocalist (The Cottars), born in Albert Bridge, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Person of interestChris Brown

May 5 Chris Brown, American R&B singer, born in Tappahannock, Virginia

Singer Chris Brown
Singer
Chris Brown
  • May 12 Megan Lovell, American singer and guitarist (Larkin Poe), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 22 Christian Sands, American jazz pianist and composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • May 24 G-Eazy [Gerald Earl Gillum], American rapper ("Me, Myself & I"; "No Limit"), born in Oakland, California
  • May 29 Sanah Kadoura, Lebanese-Canadian jazz drummer and percussionist, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • May 30 Kevin Covais, American singer (American Idol) and actor, born in Levittown, New York
  • Jun 8 Gary Wilson, Scottish Musician
  • Jun 13 Lisa Tucker, American singer and actress (American Idol), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jun 18 Renee Olstead, American singer and actress
  • Jul 5 Joseph King, American musician (Canvas)
  • Jul 10 Sameer Gadhia, American musician (Young the Giant)
  • Jul 13 Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
  • Aug 4 Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer (Young Divas), born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Aug 15 Belinda [Belinda Peregrín Schüll], Mexican singer, songwriter and actress, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 15 Tiffanie Anderson, American singer, dancer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 15 Joe Jonas, American pop singer (Jonas Brothers), born in Casa Grande, Arizona
  • Aug 19 Romeo [Percy Romeo Miller], American rapper (Lil' Romeo) and actor, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 28 Cécile McLorin Salvant, American jazz vocalist (Cecile, WomanChild), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 28 Trixie Mattel [Brian Firkus], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, comedian, and television personality (The Trixie & Katya Show), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 30 Bebe Rexha, American singer-songwriter (Meant To Be), born in New York City
  • Sep 2 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (d. 2008)
  • Sep 8 Wiz Khalifa [Cameron Thomaz] American rapper (See You Again), born in Minot, North Dakota

Person of interestAvicii

Sep 8 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer (Levels, Wake Me Up, Sunshine), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2018)

DJ and Record Producer Avicii
DJ and Record Producer
Avicii
  • Sep 15 Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician
  • Sep 17 Jonathan McReynolds, American gospel musician (Make Room), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 21 Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter (Whatcha Say, Wiggle), and dancer, born in Miramar, Florida
  • Sep 29 Adore Delano [Daniel Noriega], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, actor and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Azusa, California

Person of interestBrie Larson

Oct 1 Brie Larson [Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers], American actress (Room, Captain Marvel), singer and director, born in Sacramento, California

Actress Brie Larson
Actress
Brie Larson
  • Oct 2 Roman Ibramkhalilov, Ukrainian heavy metal guitarist (Jinjer -"Pisces"), born in Ukraine
  • Oct 4 Lil Mama [Niatia Jessica Kirkland], American rapper (VYP: Voice of the Young People), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 11 Henry Lau, Hong Kong-Canadian singer (Super Junior-M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 30 Vanessa White, British pop singer (The Saturdays - Living For The Weekend), born in Yeovil, England
  • Nov 2 Katelyn Tarver, American singer and actress (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Glennville, Georgia
  • Nov 3 Paula DeAnda, American singer
  • Nov 10 Taron Egerton, Welsh actor and singer (Rocketman), born in Birkenhead, England
  • Nov 11 Reina Tanaka, Japanese pop singer (d Lovendor.), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Nov 19 Tyga [Micheal Ray Stevenson], American rapper (Legendary), born in Compton, California

Person of interestTaylor Swift

Dec 13 Taylor Swift, American singer and songwriter (Our Song), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Dec 22 Jordin Sparks, American singer and American Idol winner, born in Phoenix, Arizona

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) weds vocalist James Moreland

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
  • Feb 17 Whitesnake's singer David Coverdale (37) weds American actress Tawny Kitaen (27); divorced 1991
  • Apr 29 Rock band Bon Jovi lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (27) weds Dorothea Hurley (26) at Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas
  • Jun 2 Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman (52) weds Mandy Smith (18); divorced in 1993
  • Jun 3 Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Aug 23 "The Cars" lead singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek (40) weds model Paulina Porizkova (24)

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 4 Tennis star Björn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 16 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 1 Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 15 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (24) divorces vocalist James Moreland only 4 months after getting married

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 4 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 6 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • Feb 14 Vincent Crane [Cheesman], British rock Hammond organist, and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), dies of deliberate painkiller overdose at 45
  • Feb 21 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65

Person of interestTiny Grimes

Mar 4 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • Mar 8 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), dies at 80
  • Mar 10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • Mar 17 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, dies of skin cancer at 41
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played solo on Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • Mar 20 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Herbert Mills, American pop singer (The Mills Brothers - "Paper Doll"; "Lazy River"), dies at 77
  • Apr 15 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive, dies at 71
  • Apr 18 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), dies at 70
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, American country music singer ("Don't Close Your Eyes"), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • May 11 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, dies at 64
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist, dies from multiple organ failure due to AIDS at 36
  • May 23 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm lung disease at 45
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Jun 3 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • Jun 4 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 4 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor, dies of kidney disease at 73
  • Jun 12 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 22 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 22 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire), dies at 88
  • Jul 1 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 14 Herman David Koppel, Danish pianist and composer dies at 89
  • Jul 16 Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic, 1955-89), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Aug 1 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 3 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, dies at 87
  • Aug 8 Irv Cottler, American session and touring drummer (Frank Sinatra; Dinah Shore), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Aug 21 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • Aug 25 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 14 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies of a stroke at 71

Person of interestIrving Berlin

Sep 22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • Sep 26 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 28 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 30 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), dies at 92
  • Oct 3 Del Wool [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, dies at 69
  • Oct 12 Franco [Francis Luambo/"Makiadi"], Zaire composer/music, dies at 51
  • Oct 12 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • Oct 12 Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), dies from AIDS at 51
  • Oct 19 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), dies of pneumonia at 36
  • Oct 22 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), dies at 74
  • Oct 28 Henry Hall, British bandleader (BBC Dance Orchestra), dies at 91
  • Oct 31 Conrad Beck, Swiss composer, dies at 88
  • Nov 1 Louis Barron, American composer (electronic music), dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Barry Sadler, American singer ("Ballad Of The Green Berets"), dies from complications of being shot at 49
  • Nov 5 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Carmen), dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer (Flying Saucer), dies at 55
  • Nov 12 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 17 Emerson Buckley, American composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 28 Jo[hanne M Bos-]Vincent, Dutch soprano (Songs for Life), dies at 91
  • Nov 29 Ann Burton [Anna Rafalowicz], singer, dies at 56
  • Dec 1 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • Dec 1 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • Dec 3 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), dies at 76
  • Dec 5 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • Dec 6 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), dies in a car accident at 40
  • Dec 21 Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Josef Alexander, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), dies at 86