On This Day

Year 1990 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 10 "Les Miserables" opens at Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore
  • Jan 17 The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, the Four Tops, Hank Ballard, the Platters, and The Kinks inducted into Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 22 17th American Music Awards: Paula Abdul & Bobby Brown win

Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Feb 6 Steve Briers of Wales recites entire lyrics of Queen's album "A Night At The Opera" in 9 minutes 58.44 seconds backwards!
  • Feb 9 40th Berlin International Film Festival: "Music Box" and "Larks on a String" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 21 32nd Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Nick of Time wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • Feb 23 “Hold On” single released by En Vogue (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)
  • Feb 25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
  • Feb 27 "Hold On" single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 14 4th Soul Train Music Awards: Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Singer Gloria Estefan fractures her spine when a truck hits her tour bus near Scranton, Pennsylvania

  • Mar 21 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 149 performances
  • Mar 22 "Grapes of Wrath" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 188 performances
  • Mar 25 "Lettice & Lovage" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 284 performances
  • Apr 1 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

  • Apr 4 Gloria Estefan released from hospital after her accident

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 7 Farm Aid IV concert at Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, Indiana features Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Carl Perkins, Arlo Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Lou Reed, Taj Mahal, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, and others

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • Apr 8 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
  • Apr 9 World's largest bunny hop at Radio City Music Hall (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months for weapon and drug related convictions

Singer James Brown
Singer
James Brown
  • Apr 16 August Wilson's play "The Piano Lesson", starring Charles S. Dutton, opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances
  • Apr 22 "Truly Blessed" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 33 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 25 25th Academy of Country Music Awards: George Strait, Clint Black, and Kathy Mattea win

Country Singer Clint Black
Country Singer
Clint Black
  • Apr 26 "Accomplice" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 52 performances
  • Apr 28 Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's "A Chorus Line" closes at Shubert Theater, NYC after 6,137 performances
  • Apr 29 "Change in the Heir" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • May 1 "Prelude to a Kiss" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC
  • May 2 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 Angela Bowie reveals that ex-husband David slept with Mick Jagger

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • May 5 35th Eurovision Song Contest: Toto Cutugno for Italy wins singing "Insieme: 1992" in Zagreb
  • May 10 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew Dice Clay's hosting which was perceived as sexist; the show uses a time delay for the third time in its history

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
Actor Phil Hartman
Actor
Phil Hartman
  • May 13 "Change in the Heir" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • May 15 "Cemetery Club" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 56 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 "Elvis" TV Drama about early life of Elvis Presley last airs on ABC

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

  • May 20 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Jun 1 "Cemetery Club" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • Jun 2 "Turtle Power" by Partners In Kryme hits #13
  • Jun 4 24th Music City News Country Awards: Ricky Van Shelton & Patty Loveless win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 Michael Jackson enters St. John's Hospital and Health Center, near his home, for chest pains after a dance rehearsal and exercise session

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jun 9 Michael Jackson is hospitalized with inflamed rib cartilage, in California
  • Jun 9 Red Hot Organization releases music album "Red Hot + Blue" featuring contemporary pop stars (including U2; Annie Lennox; Thompson Twins; Sinéad O'Connor; Tom Waits) performing songs of Cole Porter to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV
  • Jun 10 "Accomplice" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 52 performances
  • Jun 10 Musical "Meet Me In St Louis", based on the 1944 film, closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 253 performances
  • Jun 10 Rap group 2 Live crew members arrested in Florida for obscenity

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 UN appoints British-​Australian singer Olivia Newton-John as environmental ambassador

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 12 "Mariah Carey" debut album by Mariah Carey is released

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey
  • Jun 13 "Les Miserables" opens at S Alberta Jubilee Centre, Calgary
  • Jun 16 "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8
  • Jun 17 "Some Americans Abroad" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 62 performances
  • Jun 17 "Zoya's Apartment" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Little Richard [Penniman] gets a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 22 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium, New York City

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Police find marijuana at Chuck Berry's home

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Jul 4 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 6 "Jetsons the Movie" by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Pop and Rock Singer Tiffany Darwish
Pop and Rock Singer
Tiffany Darwish

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 7 First Three Tenors concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome - recording of is world's best-selling classical record

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
Opera Singer and Conductor Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer and Conductor
Plácido Domingo
Opera Singer José Carreras
Opera Singer
José Carreras
  • Jul 12 "Les Miserables," opens at National Theatre, Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is performed where the Berlin Wall once stood

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Jul 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
  • Aug 1 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • Aug 3 "Little Night Music" opens at New York State Theater NYC for 11 performances
  • Aug 27 "No Fences" 2nd studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)
  • Sep 1 "Heidi Chronicles" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 621 performances
  • Sep 1 "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" closes at Imperial NYC after 634 performances
  • Sep 2 "Grapes of Wrath" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Sep 6 7th MTV Video Music Awards: Sinead O'Connor wins
  • Sep 7 "Street Scene" opens at NY State Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Sep 12 "Les Miserables," opens at Cirkus Theater, Stockholm
  • Sep 27 Dee Dee Ramone arrested on marijuana possession

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 Marvin Gaye gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Sep 29 "Love & Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
  • Sep 29 "Street Scene" closes at NY State Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Oct 2 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" opens at Golden NYC for 30 performances
  • Oct 3 Florida record store owner Charles Freeman is found guilty of obsenity, for selling 2 Live Crew rap records

  • Oct 4 "Stand Up Tragedy" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Oct 8 24th Country Music Association Award: George Strait wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Radio stations around world play "Imagine" honoring John Lennon

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 10 Mexican singer and actress Thalia releases her debut album "Thalía"

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Thalía
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Thalía
  • Oct 11 "Miser" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 16 "Stand Up Tragedy" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 13 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 "Jackie Mason - Brand New" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 216 performances

Comedian Jackie Mason
Comedian
Jackie Mason
  • Oct 17 "Les Miserables" opens at Imperial Theatre, NY & His Majesty's Theatre, Perth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of school to pursue a career in music

  • Oct 18 "Once on this Island" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 469 performances
  • Oct 25 "Les Miserables" opens again at Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Oct 27 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" closes at Golden NYC after 30 performances
  • Nov 1 "Oh, Kay!" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC for 77 performances
  • Nov 4 "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opens at Shubert NYC for 225 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 6 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" 3rd studio album by Whitney Houston is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)

  • Nov 7 "Little Night Music" closes at New York State NYC after 11 performances
  • Nov 7 "Those Were The Days" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 126 performances
  • Nov 8 "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 8 Musician Chris Isaak releases single "Wicked Game"

Singer Chris Isaak
Singer
Chris Isaak
  • Nov 11 "Shadowlands" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 169 performances
  • Nov 18 "Fiddler on the Roof" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 241 performances
  • Nov 19 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning "Girl You Know Its True" album
  • Nov 26 1st Billboard Music Awards: M.C. Hammer & Janet Jackson win
  • Nov 29 "Shogun - The Musical" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 72 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 8 Maci Wainwright, American singer, born in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Jan 14 Grant Gustin, American actor & singer (The Flash), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Eiza Gonzalez, Mexican actress & singer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 1 Laura Marling, British singer-songwriter, born in Eversley, United Kingdom
  • Feb 3 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper
  • Feb 16 The Weeknd [Abel Tesfaye] Canadian pop and R&B singer- songwriter (After Hours; Beauty Behind the Madness), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 2 Luke Combs, American country music singer-songwriter ("This One's for You"), born in Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Mar 17 Hozier [Andrew Hozier-Byrne], Irish folk-soul-blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Take Me To Church"), born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
  • Mar 21 Mandy Capristo, German Singer (Monrose)
  • Mar 27 Kimbra [Johnson], New Zealand Grammy Award-winning pop-fusion singer, songwriter, and record producer ("Cameo Lover"; with Gotye - “Somebody That I Used to Know"), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Apr 8 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), born in Jung District, Seoul, South Korea (d. 2017)
  • Jun 4 Zach Farro, American rock drummer, and songwriter (Paramore - "Misery Business"; "Brick By Boring Brick"), born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey
  • Jun 7 Iggy Azalea [Amethyst Kelly], Australian singer, rapper, and songwriter ("Fancy"; "Black Widow"), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 15 Kaspar Uljas, Estonian jazz accordion and bandoneon player, born in Estonia
  • Jun 27 Aselin Debison, Canadian singer (Bigger than me), born in Glace Bay, Canada
  • Jul 15 Olly Alexander [Oliver Thornton], British actor, singer-songwriter (Years & Years), and LGBT activist, born in Harrogate, England
  • Jul 24 Evan James Springsteen, American rocker and Bruce Springsteen's son, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 27 Cheyenne Kimball, American musician (Gloriana), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Jul 28 Soulja Boy [DeAndre Cortez Way], American rapper, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 14 Jaydee Bixby, Canadian country singer-songwriter (Cowboys And Cadillacs), born in Drumheller, Alberta
  • Aug 17 Colin Bates, British-American actor, dancer, and singer (Billy Elliot - The Musical)
  • Aug 26 Lil' Chris [Hardman], British rock singer (Checkin' It Out), born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England (d. 2015)
  • Sep 4 James Bay, British singer-songwriter (Chaos and the Calm), born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
  • Sep 9 Magnus Larsson, Danish rock bassist (Lukas Graham - "7 Years"), born in Denmark
  • Sep 20 Marilou [Bourdon], Canadian pop singer, born in Longueuil, Quebec
  • Oct 23 Stevie Brock, American pop singer, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Oct 31 Lil JJ [James Charles Lewis], American actor (Just Jordan) and singer ("Party Boi"), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Oct 31 Johanna Söderberg, Swedish pop-country-folk singer-songwriter (First Aid Kit - "Emmylou"), born in Enskede, Sweden
  • Nov 7 Matt Corby, Australian singer and songwriter (Into The Flame), born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Nov 7 Courtney Marie Andrews, American singer-songwriter (Old Flowers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nov 8 SZA [Solána Rowe], American R&B singer-songwriter, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 13 Jibbs [Jovan Campbell], American rapper (Chain Hang Low), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 14 Jessie Jacobs, Australian actress and singer (d. 2008)
  • Dec 9 LaFee, German singer, born in Büsbach, Germany
  • Dec 20 JoJo [Joanna Levesque], American pop singer-songwriter ("Too Little Too Late"; "Baby It's You"), born in Brattleboro, Vermont
  • Dec 23 Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress, model, and singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 28 David Archuleta, American singer (American Idol runner-up), born in Miami, Florida

Weddings in Music


LovePerson of Interest

Apr 28 Guns & Roses' singer Axl Rose marries Erin Everly (annulled same year)

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

LoveWedding of Interest

May 12 American singer Patti Page (62) weds Jerry Filiciotto

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr (41) weds model Mary Jane Thomas at a Congregational church near his ranch in Missoula, Montana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter Berry Gordy
Founder of Motown Records and Songwriter
Berry Gordy

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Rocker Rod Stewart marries supermodel Rachel Hunter

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 3 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage

  • Apr 1 Guns & Roses' Duff McKagan divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), dies at 78
  • Jan 3 Arthur Gold, American pianist, half of Gold and Fizdale duo (b. 1917)
  • Jan 12 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer, dies at 96
  • Jan 18 Melanie Appleby, rocker (Mel & Kim), dies of liver cancer at 23
  • Jan 19 Semprini, English musician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 20 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 Allen Collins [Larkin Allen Collins Jr.], American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Jan 23 [Piet] "Peter" Sweval, American rock bassist (Looking Glass - "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" ; Starz - "Cherry Baby"), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Feb 6 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • Feb 8 Del Shannon [Charles Westover], American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • Feb 14 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • Feb 24 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
  • Feb 26 Cornell Gunther, American musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectations), dies of AIDS at 46
  • Mar 13 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, 1945-87), dies at 74
  • Mar 16 Ernst Bacon, American composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Rick Grech, British musician (Blind Faith, Traffic), dies at 44
  • Mar 18 Robin Harris, American comedian and actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Mar 19 Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)
  • Mar 23 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Sarah Vaughan, American jazz singer, dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Apr 14 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Apr 25 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • Apr 29 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazin' in the Grass"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, American composer, choirmaster, and musicologist dies at 90
  • May 8 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 9 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), dies at 74
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78

Person of interestSammy Davis Jr.

May 16 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, singer ("The Candy Man"), actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, dies of throat cancer at 64

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Jun 2 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), dies of liver and kidney disease at 57
  • Jun 3 Stiv Bators [Steven Bator], American punk rock singer and guitarist (The Dead Boys; The Lords of the New Church), dies from brain injury after being struck by a car in Paris, at 40
  • Jun 5 Jim Hodder, American drummer, and singer (Steely Dan, 1972-74), drowns in his home swimming pool at 42
  • Jun 7 Barbara Baxley, American stage and screen actress and singer (Norma Rae; Nashville; Countdown), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jun 11 Clyde McCoy, American jazz trumpeter (wah wah sound), dies at 86
  • Jun 14 Erna Berger, German soprano, dies at 89
  • Jun 15 Carlo Prosperi, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 16 Eva Turner, British operatic soprano, dies at 98
  • Jun 19 Antonio Martinez, Spanish rock guitarist (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black", dies in a motorcycle accident at 44
  • Jun 21 June Christy, American jazz singer (Tampico), dies at 64
  • Jun 25 Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Australian composer (Triad), dies at 77
  • Jun 30 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 2 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Cazuza, Brazilian poet, singer and composer, dies at 32
  • Jul 15 Troy Dixon, rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • Jul 16 Sidney Torch, English composer, conductor and organist (b. 1908)
  • Jul 18 Gerry Boulet, Quebec rock singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 22 Otmar Nussio, Swiss conductor and composer (Boccaccio Suite), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, dies of cardiac arrest at 82
  • Jul 23 Robert Sommer, singer, dies of liver failure at 42
  • Jul 26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • Jul 27 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 8 Andrzej Dobrowolski, Polish classical and experimental composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 12 Piotr Perkowski, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Chester Zardis, American jazz 'slap-style' double-bassist, dies at 90
  • Aug 15 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), dies in a car accident at 28
  • Aug 15 Lew DeWitt, American country singer and composer (Statler Brothers - "Flowers on the Wall"), dies of Crohn's disease complications at 52
  • Aug 17 Pearl Bailey, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress, singer and dancer (Hello, Dolly!), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 18 Grethe Ingmann, Danish singer (b. 1938)
  • Aug 22 "Boogie" Bill Webb, American Louisiana blues and R&B guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Bad Dog"), dies at 66
  • Aug 23 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

Aug 27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - Let's Dance), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Aug 28 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, dies at 74

Person of interestTom Fogerty

Sep 6 Tom Fogerty, rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48

Rocker Tom Fogerty
Rocker
Tom Fogerty
  • Sep 14 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, dies at 40
  • Sep 16 Steve Condos, tap dancer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • Sep 19 Werner Janssen, American composer (New Years Eve in NY), dies at 91
  • Sep 27 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), dies at 87
  • Oct 1 Andrzej Krzanowski, Polish classical composer and accordionist (The Wind Carries the Echo Across a Wood Clearing), dies at 49
  • Oct 3 Eleanor Steber, eminent American soprano dies in Langhorne, PA
  • Oct 8 B.J. Wilson, English musician (Procol Harum) (b. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Leonard Bernstein, American conductor and composer (West Side Story), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Oct 16 Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (Jazz Messengers), dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 16 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, dies at 75
  • Oct 27 Xavier Cugat, Spanish-American bandleader, dies at 90
  • Nov 5 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother), dies of cancer at 53
  • Nov 10 Lisa Kirk, US Broadway-singer, dies
  • Nov 10 Ronnie Dyson, American stage actor (Hair - "Aquarius"; Salvation), and soul singer ("(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?"; "I Don't Wanna Cry"), dies of heart failure at 40
  • Nov 12 Nico Haak, Dutch singer (Foxy Foxtrot), dies
  • Nov 18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • Nov 24 Bulent Arel, Turkish-born electronic composer, dies at 72

Person of interestAaron Copland

Dec 2 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 90

Composer Aaron Copland
Composer
Aaron Copland
  • Dec 6 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus) dies from a heroin overdose at 42
  • Dec 7 Dee Clark, American singer (Raindrops), dies at 52
  • Dec 7 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • Dec 18 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), dies at 67
  • Dec 22 Cecil Effinger, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88