Deaths in Music in 1987

  • Jan 6 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Marion Hutton, American actress and singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 15 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • Jan 15 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 19 Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78

Person of interestLiberace

Feb 4 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • Feb 14 Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • Feb 15 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 25 James Coco, American character actor and singer (Only When I Laugh, Man of La Mancha, Murder by Death), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • Mar 27 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82

Person of interestBuddy Rich

Apr 2 Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • Apr 3 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer, dies at 97
  • Apr 7 Maxine Sullivan [Marietta Williams], American jazz vocalist and performer (Going Places), dies following a seizure at 75
  • Apr 14 Karl Holler, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • Apr 20 Antony Tudor, English dancer and choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • Apr 26 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94
  • Jun 2 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • Jun 8 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33

Person of interestFred Astaire

Jun 22 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, dies at 94
  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, American pianist and vocalist (The Honeydripper), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielsky, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • Aug 17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62

  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country music comedian (b. 1914)
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, US composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh, Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers), shot dead in Jamaica at 42
  • Sep 11 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian composer, dies at 94
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • Sep 22 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 23 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Sep 30 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • Nov 6 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer (b. 1955)
  • Nov 16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81
  • Nov 22 Ted Taylor, rock vocalist, dies
  • Nov 26 Emmanuel Bondeville, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 5 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • Dec 10 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Louis de Meester, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 12 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • Dec 22 Leonidas Zoras, composer, dies at 82