On This Day

Musicians Who Died in 1986

  • Jan 2 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), dies at 78
  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36 [1]
  • 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-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33
  • 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 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 14 Edmund Rubbra, English composer (Morning Watch), dies after a stroke 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 singer and songwriter (The Greatest Love Of All), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • Apr 13 Johnny Dollar, American country & 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, dies at 69
  • 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 17 Jack Waldman, American jazz and rock keyboardist and avant garde composer dies of HIV related illness at 33
  • May 18 John Bubbles Sublett, American 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 and composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • Jun 3 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, dies at 89

Person of interestBenny Goodman

Jun 13 Benny Goodman, American clarinetist and bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77

Clarinetist and Bandleader Benny Goodman
Clarinetist and Bandleader
Benny Goodman
  • 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, American singer (God Bless America), dies 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, American singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • Jul 13 Joseph "Coke" Escovedo, Mexican-American percussionist (Santana, Malo, Azteca), dies from cirrhosis at 45
  • Jul 23 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 27 Leroy Holmes, American orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • Jul 29 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's not Unusual"), dies of cancer at 51
  • Jul 31 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, American jazz pianist and arranger (Billie Holiday; Benny Goodman), dies of stomach cancer 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 15 Richard E. Holz, American composer for brass band (Salvation Army), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Aug 20 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 30 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, 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 29 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 30 Andrzej Markowski, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • Nov 1 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer, (Women Be Wise) 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 tenor, dies at 71
  • Nov 15 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
  • Nov 18 Lajos Bárdos, Hungarian conductor, composer, musicologist and professor, dies at 87
  • Nov 22 Robert Sutton Whitney, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 22 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), dies at 76
  • Nov 22 Robert Whitney, American conductor (Sospiro do Roma), dies at 82
  • 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 3 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), dies at 80
  • 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, American pianist and 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, music critic and educator, dies at 63