On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1982

  • Jan 10 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Harald Søltoft Agersnap, Danish cellist, pianist, conductor, and composer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1931-66), dies at 82
  • Jan 18 Burnet Corwin Tuthill, American composer (Laurentia), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Elis Regina (Costa), Brazilian pop-samba-bossa nova singer ("Arrastão" - "Pull the Trawling Net"), dies from cardiac arrest after consuming alcohol, cocaine and tranquilizers at 36
  • Jan 30 Riccardo Nielsen, Italian composer (99th Psalm; La via di Colombo) dies at 73

Lightnin Hopkins

Jan 30 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), dies of esophageal cancer at 69

  • Jan 31 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Alex Harvey, Scottish singer (The Electric Cowboys), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Feb 8 Kurt Edelhagen, German jazz pianist and big bandleader, dies at 61
  • Feb 14 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer ("Straight, No Chaser"; "'Round Midnight"), dies of a stroke at 64
  • Feb 21 Murray the K [Kaufman], American disk jockey sometimes referred to as the 5th Beatle, dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 26 Gabor Szabo, Hungarian jazz guitarist (Perfect Circle), dies at 45
  • Feb 27 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, dies at 39
  • Mar 5 John Belushi, American comedian, actor, and singer (Saturday Night Live; Animal House; The Blues Brothers), dies of a drug overdose at 33
  • Mar 7 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 13 Albert Weisser, American composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 14 Kirill Molchanov, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 19 Randy Rhoads, American heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • Mar 27 Bob Ysaguirre, American jazz double bass and tuba player (Don Redman Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Mar 29 Carl Orff, German composer (Mouth, Antigonae), dies at 86
  • Mar 29 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan; Jackie Gleason), dies at 79
  • Mar 29 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, dies at 65
  • Mar 29 "Fatty" George [Pressler], Austrian swing jazz clarinettist, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 4 Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 9 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • Apr 29 Herbert Collum, German composer, dies at 67
  • Apr 30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist (Creem; Rolling Stone), and musician (Birdland), dies of accidental cold medicine overdose at 33
  • May 1 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), dies at 77
  • May 5 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, dies at 56
  • May 11 Piet van Egmond, Dutch organist and conductor (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), dies at 70
  • May 12 Humphrey Searle, British composer and musicologist (Twentieth Century Counterpoint; The Music of Franz Liszt), dies at 66
  • May 13 Gara Garayev [Kara Karayev], Soviet-Azerbaijani composer (Seven Beauties), dies at 64
  • May 13 Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • May 26 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, dies at 97
  • Jun 10 Addie "Micki" Harris, American singer (Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Soldier Boy"), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Jun 14 Marie Rambert [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94
  • Jun 15 Art Pepper, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 16 James Honeyman-Scott, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), overdoses on drugs at 25
  • Jun 26 Andre Tchaikowsy, pianist/composer, dies
  • Jun 28 Harry Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), dies at 70
  • Jul 1 John Everett Watts, American composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 2 Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 9 Joseph "Wingy" Manone American jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader ("Tar Paper Stomp"; "Downright Disgusted Blues"), dies at 82
  • Jul 10 Maria Jeritza [Jedlicka], Aust/US, singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies
  • Jul 14 George Tremblay, Canadian American composer, dies at 71
  • Jul 15 Bill Justis, American musician and producer (Raunchy), dies of cancer at 58
  • Jul 18 Lionel Daunais, French Canadian singer and composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 22 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • Jul 28 George Kleinsinger, American composer (Tubby the Tuba), dies at 68
  • Aug 2 Rudolf Maros, Hungarian composer (Sirato/Lament; Euphonies), and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies
  • Aug 8 Kurt Edelhagen, West German jazz pianist, dies at 62
  • Aug 12 Helvi Leiviskä, Finnish composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 13 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington Jr.], American soul musician ("Hold What You've Got"; "I Gotcha"), dies at 49
  • Aug 28 Nini de Boël, Flemish operetta singer (White Horse), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, dies at 86
  • Sep 1 Clifford M Curzon, British classical pianist, dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Sep 14 Pablo Garrido, Chilean composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, dies at 44 after suffering several strokes
  • Sep 19 Samuel L M Barlow, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Karel Krautgartner, Czech jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 60
  • Sep 23 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • Oct 4 Glenn Gould, Canadian classical pianist (Bach's Goldberg Variations) and broadcaster (Solitude Trilogy), dies after suffering a stroke at 50
  • Oct 12 (Christiann) "Chris"Reumer, Dutch opera singer, dies at 73
  • Oct 16 Jakov Gotovac, Croatian conductor and composer (Ero the Joker), dies at 87
  • Oct 16 Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer (Verdi/Puccini), dies at 67
  • Oct 21 Radka Toneff, Norwegian jazz singer (It Don't Come Easy), dies of a drug overdose at 30
  • Oct 23 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 30 Angelo Ephrikian, Armenian-Italian composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 1 Leighton Lucas, British composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Salvador Contreras, Mexican composer (Grupo de los cuatro), dies at 71
  • Nov 11 Gösta Törner, Swedish hot jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 70
  • Nov 14 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 91
  • Nov 16 Al Haig, American bebop jazz pianist (Charlie Parker; Stan Getz; Chet Baker), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 17 Eduard Tubin, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 22 Max Deutsch, Austrian-French composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 26 Juhan Aavic, Estonian composer, dies at 98
  • Nov 27 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), dies at 79
  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, American composer, dies on her 81st birthday
  • Dec 2 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • Dec 2 Isador Goodman, South African-Australian composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 8 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • Dec 9 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, dies at 80
  • Dec 9 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, Hammond organ player, and bandleader, dies at 55
  • Dec 10 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • Dec 17 Leonid Kogan, Soviet Russian violinist (Lenin Prize, 1952), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Dec 17 Philipp Jarnach, French pianist, composer, and music educator (Hamburg Music Academy, 1949-70), dies at 90
  • Dec 18 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist and composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 19 Lawrance Collingwood, English composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 20 Artur Rubinstein, Polish-American concert pianist, dies in Geneva at 95
  • Dec 20 Milan Ristić, Serbian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Norman Dinerstein, American composer, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Dec 28 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, dies at 84