On This Day

Musicians Who Died in September 1985

  • Sep 3 (Jonathon) "Jo" Jones, American jazz drummer, and percussionist (Count Basie), dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Sep 3 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • Sep 6 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Leon Orthel, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Eurreal "Little Brother" Montgomery, American jazz, boogie-woogie and blues pianist, singer, and composer ("Crescent City Blues"), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • Sep 11 William Alwyn, English composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Dane Rudhyar, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88