Deaths in Music in 1983

  • Jan 2 Bernard George Stevens, composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • Feb 2 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • Feb 4 Karen Carpenter, rock drummer (Carpenters), dies of anorexia at 32
  • Feb 12 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • Feb 23 Adrian Boult, conductor, dies
  • Feb 24 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • Mar 7 Igor Markevich, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 8 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • Mar 23 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • Mar 27 Janis Ivanovs, Latvian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 5 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)

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Apr 14 Pete Farndon, rock bassist (Pretenders), dies

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • Apr 14 Willem F Bon, Dutch composer, dies at 42
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist/conductor, dies
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, composer, dies at 81

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Apr 30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine

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Apr 30 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • May 4 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • May 6 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • May 16 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • May 21 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • May 27 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Stan Rogers, musician, dies in aircraft fire
  • Jun 7 Daniele Amfiteatrov, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Peter Mennin(i), US composer (Moby Dick), dies at 60
  • Jun 25 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Bo Gentry, songwriter/producer, dies
  • Jul 4 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Harry James, swing-era bandleader/trumpet player, dies at 67
  • Jul 5 Vaclav Trojan, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 10 Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • Jul 23 Georges Auric, French composer (It Always Rains on Sunday), dies at 84
  • Jul 25 Jerome Moross, US composer (Frankie & Johnny), dies at 69
  • Jul 30 Howard Dietz, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, die at 47
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • Sep 5 Antonio Mairena, flamenco singer (b. 1909)
  • Sep 7 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Willie Bobo, jazz drummer (Cos), dies at 49
  • Sep 15 Prince Far I, reggae deejay, producer and Rastafarian
  • Sep 24 Isobel Baillie, Scottish oratorio singer, dies at 88
  • Sep 26 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor, dies at 76
  • Sep 27 Tino Rossi, singer/actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • Sep 30 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin), dies at 76
  • Oct 2 Gerald Strang, Canadian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
  • Oct 20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • Oct 25 Hermann Ambrosius, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 29 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 1 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • Nov 3 Alfredo Antonini, conductor (Jane Froman Canteen), dies at 82
  • Nov 6 Robert Gross, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 7 David Alexandrovich Toradze, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 7 Germaine Tailleferre, Fren composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), dies at 91
  • Nov 13 "Alvin" Junior Samples, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 56
  • Nov 19 Tom Evans, English bass guitarist (Badfinger) (b. 1947)
  • Dec 6 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (Parlez-moi d'amour), dies at 82
  • Dec 11 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • Dec 27 Walter Scott, rocker, dies
  • Dec 28 Dennis Wilson, drummer/singer (Beach Boys), drowns at 39