On This Day

Year 2004 in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music


Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

  • Sep 12 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77

Person of interestJohnny Ramone

Sep 15 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones, dies of prostate cancer at 55

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Sep 16 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • Sep 19 Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • Sep 23 André Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), dies at 53
  • Sep 24 Joep Straesser, Dutch composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri), dies at 70
  • Sep 27 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), dies at 67
  • Oct 1 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • Oct 27 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 28 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 72

Person of interestVaughn Meader

Oct 29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • Oct 30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80
  • Nov 1 Mac Dre [Andre Louis Hicks], American rapper and hip hop pioneer, dies at 34
  • Nov 1 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered at 61
  • Nov 3 Joe Bushkin, American jazz pianist (A Couple of Joes), dies at 87
  • Nov 7 Howard Keel, American actor, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild (7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Kiss Me Kate), dies of cancer at 87
  • Nov 8 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), dies at 90
  • Nov 10 Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b. 1907)
  • Nov 13 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • Nov 13 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), dies of a drug overdose at 35
  • Nov 13 John Balance [Geoffrey Rushton], British poet and industrial rock musician (Coil), falls to his death from a second floor balcony at 42
  • Nov 14 Michel Colombier, French composer (b. 1939)
  • Nov 16 Massimo Freccia, Italian-American conductor (New Orleans Symphony, 1944-52: Baltimore Symphony), 1952-59, dies at 98
  • Nov 18 Cy Coleman [Seymour Kaufman], American songwriter (Witchcraft, Sweet Charity), dies at 75
  • Nov 19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • Nov 20 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • Nov 24 Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Dec 2 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • Dec 2 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 4 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, dies of heart failure at 61
  • Dec 7 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (Time & Winds), dies at 90
  • Dec 7 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 8 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gale while performing on stage at 38
  • Dec 11 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), dies at 88
  • Dec 12 Frank Isola, American jazz drummer (Stan Getz; Gerry Mulligan; Mose Allison), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • Dec 24 Jan van Vlijmen, Dutch composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Dec 27 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 30 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), dies at 94