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Year 1992 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jan 5 "6 Degrees of Separation" closes at Vivian Beaumont NYC after 496 performances
  • Jan 5 "Crucible" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 32 performances
  • Jan 5 "On Borrowed Time" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 99 performances
  • Jan 5 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Cathy Rigby, closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jan 16 "Two Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 29 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV "Unplugged" at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton's bestselling album, and the bestselling live album of all time

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Jan 19 "City of Angels" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 878 performances
  • Jan 23 "Visit" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Jan 26 "Little Hotel on the Side" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • Jan 27 "Crazy He Calls Me" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Jan 27 19th American Music Awards: C & C Music Factory, Michael Bolton win
  • Feb 1 "Crazy He Calls Me" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 7 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 IRS & Willie Nelson settle on $9M tax bill (of $16.7M)

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • Feb 6 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC
  • Feb 8 "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1
  • Feb 9 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 29 performances

  • Feb 13 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 229 performances
  • Feb 19 Ken Ludwig's musical "Crazy For You" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 1622 performances
  • Feb 20 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Feb 22 "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC
  • Feb 25 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgettable, Marc Cohn wins

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Feb 25 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Feb 26 "Search & Destroy" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Mar 1 "Little Hotel on the Side" closes at Belasco NYC after 41 performances
  • Mar 1 "Visit" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 10 6th Soul Train Music Awards: Natalie Cole, Color Me Badd win

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Mar 10 "Come and Talk to Me" single released by Jodeci (Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • Mar 17 "Death & the Maiden" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 159 performances
  • Mar 18 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 38 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 American pop singer Donna Summer gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Mar 19 "Master Builder" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Mar 22 "Private Lives" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Mar 22 Herb Gardner's play "Conversations with My Father", starring Judd Hirsch and Tony Shalhoub, opens at Royale NYC for 462 performances
  • Mar 24 "Jake's Women" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 245 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 27 Bruce Springsteen releases two music albums - "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" - on the same day

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Apr 1 Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman

  • Apr 2 "Hamlet" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Apr 5 "Search & Destroy" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Apr 8 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 12 Revival of Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Alec Baldwin & Jessica Lange, opens at Ethel Barrymore NYC for 137 performances

  • Apr 13 "2 Trains Running" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 160 performances
  • Apr 14 "Guys & Dolls" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1143 performances
  • Apr 14 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester
  • Apr 16 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 19 "4 Baboons Adoring the Sun" closes at Beaumont NYC after 38 performances

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 20 All-star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • Apr 21 "High Rollers" opens at Helen Hayes theater on Broadway
  • Apr 21 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC; runs for 13 performances.
  • Apr 23 "Shirnada" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 24 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • Apr 25 "Shimada" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apr 26 "Grand Hotel" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1,018 performances
  • Apr 26 "Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 569 performances
  • Apr 26 "Master Builder" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Apr 26 "Metro" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 13 performances

  • Apr 27 "Small Family Business" opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Apr 29 William Finn and James Lapine's musical "Falsettos" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 29 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
Country Singer Reba McEntire
Country Singer
Reba McEntire
  • Apr 29 Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery
  • May 2 Allen Toussaint's musical revue "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" closes at the Helen Hayes Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • May 4 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year, 1992)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 American country singer Tammy Wynette hospitalized with bile duct infection

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • May 9 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • May 10 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 "Smells Like Nirvana" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #35

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 19 "Some Gave All" debut album by Billy Ray Cyrus is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1993)

Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus
  • May 20 American rapper Tung Twista raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
  • Jun 7 "Small Family Business" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Jun 8 26th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & Garth Brooks win
  • Jun 10 "Price" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 47 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Jun 25 "Les Miserables" opens at Vinorhady Theatre, Prague
  • Jun 27 "57 Channels (and Nothin' on)" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at #68
  • Jun 28 "Chinese Coffee" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 18 performances
  • Jun 29 "Salome" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 9 performances

  • Jun 30 "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
  • Jul 4 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 12 Axl Rose arrested on riot charges in St Louis stemming from a concert on Jul 2

Rocker and Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose
Rocker and Singer-Songwriter
Axl Rose
  • Jul 19 "Price" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 47 performances
  • Jul 19 NYC ballet dancer Peter Martins is arrested for beating his wife
  • Jul 23 Bruce Springsteen begins a world tour
  • Jul 26 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 108 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jul 28 R&B singer Mary J. Blige releases her debut album "What's the 411?", with production by Puff Daddy

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige
Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • Jul 29 "Chinese Coffee" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 18 performances
  • Aug 1 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Aug 2 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Metallica band member James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • Aug 9 "Streetcar Named Desire" closes at Ethel Barrymore NYC after 137 performances
  • Aug 18 "Real Inspector Hound" opens at Criterion NYC for 61 performances
  • Aug 26 "Anna Karenina" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Aug 30 "2 Trains Running" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC after 160 performances
  • Aug 30 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 229 performances
  • Sep 4 Singer Harry Nilsson makes a rare (and final) concert appearance, joining Ringo and His All-Starr Band for a version of his "Without You" at Caesar’s Palace. Las Vegas, Nevada

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

Sep 9 9th MTV Video Music Awards: Howard Stern appears as Fartman

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Sep 16 "Les Miserables" opens at Nuevo Apolo, Madrid

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 25 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" opens at Paramount NYC

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Sep 28 "Barry Manilow's Showstoppers" closes at Paramount Theater NYC
  • Sep 30 26th Country Music Association Award: Garth Brooks wins
  • Oct 1 "Oba Oba '93" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 22 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Jan 19 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • Feb 2 Danielle White, American singer
  • Feb 7 Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
  • Feb 17 Meaghan Martin, American actress and singer (Camp Roc), born in Fallon, Nevada
  • Mar 6 Momoko Tsugunaga, Japanese singer
  • Mar 10 Emily Osment, American actress and singer

Person of interestOzuna

Mar 13 Ozuna [Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado], Puerto Rican singer (Odisea), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Singer Ozuna
Singer
Ozuna
  • Apr 15 Amy Diamond [Deasismont], Swedish singer ("What's In It For Me"), born in Norrköping, Sweden
  • Apr 18 Jēkabs Jančevskis, Latvian pianist, choral and orchestral composer (When; Adveniat Regnum), and teacher, born in Riga, Latvia
  • May 12 Malcolm David Kelley, American actor and rapper (Lost), born in Bellflower, California
  • May 19 Sam Smith, English singer-songwriter (Stay with Me), born in London, England
  • May 21 Olivia Olson, American singer and actress (Love Actually - "Joanna"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 4 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia
  • Jun 6 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), born in Vermont (d. 2021)
  • Jun 12 Allie DiMeco, American musician and actress (The Naked Brothers Band), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Jul 8 Taylor Maine Pearl Brooks, daughter of country singer Garth Brooks
  • Jul 8 Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist
  • Jul 15 Koharu Kusumi, Japanese pop singer (Morning Musume), born in Ojimaya, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Jul 18 Bishop Briggs, English singer-songwriter (River), born in London, England

Person of interestSelena Gomez

Jul 22 Selena Gomez, American actress and singer (Revival, Stars Dance), born in Grand Prairie, Texas

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • Aug 2 Charli XCX [Charlotte Aitchison], English singer-songwriter (Charli), born in Cambridge, England
  • Aug 4 Tiffany Evans, American pop and R&B singer, born in The Bronx, New York City

Person of interestDemi Lovato

Aug 20 Demi Lovato, American actress (Camp Rock) and singer/songwriter (Unbroken), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato
  • Aug 21 Brad Kavanagh, English songwriter and actor (House of Anubis-Fabian Rutter), born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
  • Aug 25 Miyabi Natsuyaki, Japanese singer (Pink Cres), born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 29 Mallu Magalhães, Brazilian singer-songwriter, born in São Paulo, Brazil

Person of interestNick Jonas

Sep 16 Nick Jonas, American singer, actor and producer (The Jonas Brothers), born in Dallas, Texas

Singer-songwriter Nick Jonas
Singer-songwriter
Nick Jonas
  • Oct 3 Billy Strings [William Apostol], American bluegrass guitarist (Home), born in Lansing, Michigan

Person of interestCardi B

Oct 11 Cardi B [Belcalis Almanzar], American rapper ("Bodak Yellow";"I Like It"; "WAP"), born in NYC, New York

Rapper Cardi B
Rapper
Cardi B
  • Oct 12 Taylor Horn, American singer and actress, born in Redlands, California
  • Oct 14 Savannah Outen, American pop singer- songwriter, born in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Oct 21 21 Savage [Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph], rapper, born in London, England
  • Nov 20 Ishimura Maiha, Japanese pop singer (Berryz Kobo), born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Nov 21 Davido [David Adedeji Adeleke], Nigerian singer-songwriter (Fall), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Person of interestMiley Cyrus

Nov 23 [Destiny] Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer (Hannah Montana, "The Climb"), born in Franklin, Tennessee

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
  • Dec 4 Jin [Kim Seok-jin] Korean vocalist (BTS), born in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Dec 14 Tori Kelly, American singer (Nobody Love), born in Wildomar, California

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 24 Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (27) weds lead singer Kurt Cobain (25) on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Singer-Songwriter
Courtney Love
Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • Mar 22 Record producer Lou Adler weds Paige Hannah (Daryl's sister)
  • Apr 11 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 Kimberly Payne

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 11 "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve (39) weds actress and singer Dana Morosini (31) in Williamstown, Massachusetts

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 24 Rock star David Bowie (45) weds supermodel Iman (37) in Lausanne, Switzerland

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 26 Rapper and record producer Ice Cube (22) weds Kimberly Woodruff

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

LoveWedding of Interest

May 29 American "Chaplin" and "Iron Man" actor Robert Downey Jr (27) weds American actress and singer Deborah Falconer (26); divorce in 2004

  • May 30 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (50) weds American rock singer-songwriter Edie Brickell (26)
  • Jun 6 "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (35) weds burlesque dancer Grace Morley
  • Jun 21 Actress Marina Sirtis (Star Trek NG) marries rocker Michael Lamper

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 27 Singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli (34) weds Enrica Cenzatti

Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli
Italian Tenor
Andrea Bocelli

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry

  • Jul 26 "Kiss" guitarist Paul Stanley weds model Pamela Bowen

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 20 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • Sep 5 Rock singer John Mellencamp (40) weds model Elaine Irwin (23) in Indiana

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 12 Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz, after 5 years of marriage

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Constantin Poustochkine, Dutch jazz musician & critic, dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Anthony Del Casino, band leader (Charlie Barnet Band), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Lewis Michael Friedman, American pianist, dies at 47 of AIDS
  • Jan 8 Johnny Meijer, Dutch accordionist known as the King of Accordions (Body & Soul), dies at 79
  • Jan 15 (David) Dee Murray [Oates], British bassist (Elton John backing band), dies after a stroke at 45
  • Jan 17 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 19 Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Bengali singer and composer (Ei Ganga ei Padda), dies at 60
  • Jan 21 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81
  • Jan 25 Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Vernon William Reed Sr, singer, dies after a long illness at 73
  • Jan 28 Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37
  • Jan 29 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Backdoor Man"), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Andries Antonie Rieu, Dutch conductor (Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, 1949-80), dies at 75
  • Feb 8 Denny Wright, British jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • Feb 15 William Schuman, American composer (Pulitzer Prize, 1943), and administrator (Juilliard, 1945-61; Lincoln Center, 1961-68), dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Andrew Schenck, American conductor, dies of melanoma at 51
  • Feb 21 Eva A Jessye, American singer/actress (Eva Jessye Choir), dies at 97
  • Feb 21 Jane Pickens Langley Hoving, singer, dies at 83
  • Feb 28 La Lupe, Cuban singer, dies of a heart attack in the Bronx at 53
  • Mar 4 Mary Osborne, jazz guitarist, dies at 70 of liver cancer
  • Mar 8 George "Red" Callender, American jazz and session string bass and tuba player, dies of thyroid cancer at 76
  • Mar 10 Giorgos Zampetas, Greek composer and musician (b. 1925)
  • Mar 13 Clarence Wright, English actor and singer, dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Henry Leland Clarke, American composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Frank Westbrook, dancer/choreographer, dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Georges Delerue, French film composer (Sword of Gideon, A Little Romance), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Mar 21 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 27 Harald Saeverud, Norwegian composer (Saline), dies at 94
  • Mar 27 Harald Sæverud, Norwegian composer (Rondo Amoroso; Sinfonia Dolorosa), dies at 94
  • Mar 28 Josef Matej, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 1 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • Apr 2 Paula Kelly, American big band singer, dies at 72
  • Apr 4 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • Apr 4 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • Apr 4 Rodolfo Holzmann, Peruvian composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Anthony "Tony" Papa, big band leader, dies at 65
  • Apr 8 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 11 Adele Dixon, British stage and screen actress and singer (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Apr 12 Joe Medwick, American R&B singer, and songwriter ("Further On Up The Road"), dies at 61
  • Apr 14 Sammy Price, American boogie-woogie pianist, and bandleader, dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • Apr 17 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • Apr 17 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Apr 19 Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Apr 20 Johnny Shines, American delta blues singer and guitarist, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • Apr 25 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician dies of pulmonary edema at 26
  • Apr 27 Olivier Messiaen, French composer (L'Ame en Bourgeon; St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
  • May 1 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • May 2 Joey Cuevas, American movie dancer, dies at 34
  • May 2 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • May 3 Elizabeth Lennox, radio singer, dies of heart seizure at 98

Person of interestMarlene Dietrich

May 6 Marlene Dietrich, German American actress and singer (The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express), dies in Paris at 90

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • May 10 Joan Merrill, American pop vocalist, dies of a stroke at 74
  • May 10 Sylvia Syms [Blagman], American jazz and cabaret singer and actress ("I Could Have Danced All Night"; South Pacific - "Bloody May"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • May 15 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons, He's So Fine), dies at 44
  • May 16 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, murdered at 31
  • May 17 Lawrence Welk, American accordionist and orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • May 17 Leonardo del Ferro [Keyser], American operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • May 19 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • May 23 Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentine singer, composer, and guitarist, dies at 84
  • May 29 Peter "Ollie" Halsall, British rock guitarist and vibraphone player (Patto; The Rutles; Kevin Ayers), dies of a heart attack at 43
  • May 30 Leen 't Hart, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 8 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 9 Clarence Miller, American blues and jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
  • Jun 10 Hachidal Nakamura, composer (Sukiyaki), dies at 61 of heart failure
  • Jun 17 Dewey Balfa, American Cajun fiddler and singer, dies at 65
  • Jun 20 Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel'nikov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Thomas Whitfield, American gospel vocalist, dies of heart attack at 38
  • Jun 24 Tom Alexander, model/actor (Kurt-Forbidden Dance), dies of AIDs
  • Jun 24 Tony LeMans, singer/songwriter, dies in a car crash at 29
  • Jun 27 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), dies at 84
  • Jun 27 Stefanie Ann Sargent, guitarist (7 Year Bitch), dies of overdose at 24
  • Jun 30 Jim Alaimo, vocalist, dies after heart surgery at 53
  • Jul 2 Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jul 2 Camarón de la Isla [José Monge Cruz], Spanish flamenco singer, dies at 41
  • Jul 4 Astor Piazzolla, Argentine composer (Tango Nuevo), dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Joe Newman, US jazz trumpetist (Count Basie), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Georgia Brown, British singer/actress (Love at Stake), dies at 59
  • Jul 9 Kelvin Coe, Australian ballerina (A'sch Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet), dies
  • Jul 13 Carla van Neste, Belgian violinist, dies at 78
  • Jul 15 Henk van der Molen, guitarist/composer/writer (Martine Bijl), dies
  • Jul 22 David Wojuarowicz, artist (U2 album cover), dies of AIDs at 37
  • Jul 25 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jul 26 Mary Wells, American soul singer (My Guy), dies of laryngeal cancer at 49
  • Jul 29 William Mathias, Welsh composer (wrote for 1981 royal wedding), dies at 57
  • Jul 30 Titti Sotto, latin songwriter, dies at 48 of aids
  • Aug 1 Chico Alvarez, trumpeteer (Stan Kenton Orchestra), dies of cancer at 72
  • Aug 2 Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Aug 2 Michel Berger, French singer & songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Aug 5 Jeff Porcaro, drummer (Toto-Africa), dies of cardiac arrest at 38
  • Aug 7 Titti Sotto, Cuban composer (La Esquina Habanera), dies
  • Aug 9 William Russell [Russell William Wagner], American violinist, modern composer (Fugue for Eight Percussion Instruments), and musicologist (Oh, Mister Jelly), dies at 87
  • Aug 12 John Cage, American composer (Imaginary Landscape No 1/O'O), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Aug 14 Tony Williams, American singer (The Platters, 1953-59 - "Only You"; "Great Pretender"), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • Aug 16 Mark Heard, Christian musician, dies at 41 of a heart attack
  • Aug 21 Theodor Berger, Austrian composer. (Sinfonia Parabolica), dies at 87
  • Aug 22 Paul Winter, American classical and session violinist (NBC Orchestra, 1937-58), dies at 78