Deaths in Music in 1986

  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • Jan 8 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 8 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 24 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 30 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • Feb 7 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • Feb 10 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • Feb 12 Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 28 William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock vocalist and pianist (The Band), commits suicide at 42
  • Mar 4 Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)

  • Mar 11 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • Mar 14 Benno Ammann, Swiss composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 14 Jozef Kresanek, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 22 Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • Mar 31 O'Kelly Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48
  • Apr 1 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • Apr 3 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • Apr 8 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • Apr 10 Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 13 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • Apr 19 Dag Wirén, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer (Over the Rainbow), murdered at 81
  • May 1 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • May 5 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • May 7 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, dies at 36
  • May 18 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • May 19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • May 20 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • May 30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • Jun 2 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor/composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • Jun 3 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 13 Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77
  • Jun 14 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)

  • Jun 17 Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
  • Jun 21 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author, dies at 63
  • Jun 27 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • Jun 27 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 3 Rudy Vallee, singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 27 Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • Jul 29 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "Its not Unusual"), dies of cancer at 51
  • Jul 31 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
  • Aug 13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • Aug 16 John Hurley, song writer (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Aug 20 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 30 Otto Mortensen, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 2 Philip Radcliffe, English composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • Sep 28 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • Oct 30 Andrzej Markowski, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 1 Sippie Wallace, blues singer, dies at 88
  • Nov 3 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 5 Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Nov 6 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • Nov 7 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • Nov 8 Beatrice Kay, singer/actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78
  • Nov 13 Rudolf Schock, German opera singer, dies at 71
  • Nov 15 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
  • Nov 22 Robert Sutton Whitney, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 26 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • Dec 1 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • Dec 5 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf, folksinger (Back Roads), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Celius Dougherty, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 27 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Lester Trimble, American composer, dies at 63